Climate change kills thousands of Canadians every year.
The number totals 7,142.
These findings are contained in a report from the Lancet and Canada’s doctors.
And the report lays the blame for the deaths squarely on the federal government.
The government is failing in cutting greenhouse-gas emissions.
And that accounts for the Canadian deaths.
But on a world-wide basis deaths from climate change total 2.1 million people.
The Lancet is one of the world’s oldest, most prestigious, and best known medical journals.
The Lancet report was one of many reports on climate change for various countries in the world.
The report noted that the serious impact on climate change was costing the Canadian economy as much as $53.5 billion.
The report says the single most important governments can do is to tackle climate change.
It would lead to better health for everyone.
This past summer climate change wreaked havoc all over the world.
Climate Change Kills Thousands Of Canadians
Floods, fires and high temperatures had devastating impacts on the world
So the Lancet report recommends tracking the number of heat-related illnesses and deaths in Canada.
But most provinces don’t do that.
But politicians need to listen to Canadians.
They are deeply concerned about climate change.
And here is the proof.
Health Canada undertook a poll in 2017 measuring Canadian attitudes on climate change.
It discovered 79 per cent of Canadians are convinced that climate change is happening.
And 53 per cent accept that it is a current health risk.
Another 40 per cent believe it will be a future health risk.
And Canadians are right in being concerned about climate change.
This summer British Columbia experienced some of the worst wildfires ever.
And climate change was to blame, given their depth and intensity.
Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development said this on the subject.
“Our forests are changing, so we need to change, too.
“Adapting to new challenges posed by wildfires and responding to the effects of climate change on our natural environment are critical, and require a concerted effort by all levels of government and land managers.”
And B.C.’s premier went to far as to say that the government’s policy needs to change.