The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its 5th assessment report in 2014. In addition to outlining the need for action to prevent climate change from worsening, the IPCC drew attention to the need for adaptation measures to reduce the impacts of climate change. Many adaptation measures are applied at a local level, where input from local public health authorities can be important. Adaptation projects have already been undertaken in many Canadian communities and have been presented in a booklet published by Natural Resources Canada. In Ontario, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care has recently released a climate change toolkit for use by public health staff. In the future, there may be greater opportunities for local public health staff to be involved in climate change adaptation and there may also be greater expectations for health unit involvement. This presentation will outline some of the rationale for climate change adaptation measures, describe some of what has been done to date and discuss what opportunities there are for involvement by public health.
Presenters: Dr. Ray Copes
Dr. Copes completed his undergraduate degrees in psychology and biology at Simon Fraser University. He subsequently attended McGill University where he obtained his MD and an MSc in epidemiology. After medical school, Ray did his residency training in family medicine at the University of Western Ontario and in occupational and environmental medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto.
Dr. Copes has been with Public Health Ontario since 2009, where he is the Chief of Environmental and Occupational Health. He is also an Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.
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