HALIBURTON, ON – A provincial entity and it’s local counterparts have launched a campaign geared at protecting future generations from climate change.

The Ontario Public Health Association has launched the campaign “make it better” which offers parents and concerned citizens insight into the realities of climate change, and the health concerns that come with it. As well, there is a pledge that people can take.

A big concern coming from climate change, according to OPHA, is the increased risk of Lyme Disease.

The reason for this is due to the fact that extended warmer seasons means the disease-carrying ticks survive longer and can travel further north without the cold killing them off. OPHA says that between 2009 and 2015, the number of Lyme cases in Ontario ballooned from 30 cases per year to more than 300 a year.

Another concern for children’s health is asthma. OPHA says that climate change means warmer and dryer seasons, which leads to more pollen, dust, and air pollution which can all trigger asthma in adults and children alike.

Heat as a whole is another factor driving the provincial body to create this pledge.

According to the associations information, with the on-going effects of climate change, there are more and more extreme heat days. This means that children, who are the most at risk, can suffer heatstroke within hours and potentially die during extreme heat days.

“Without climate action, our health and quality of life will be significantly impacted. A new approach is needed to bring the community together and work on solutions to climate change,” says OPHA.

Here is a link to the pledge: https://makeitbetterontario.ca/take-the-pledge/