Why Climate

Health Professionals for Action on Climate Change


Health professionals can be a crucial ally in communicating climate change to the public. Through their various touch points in all areas of the community, health professionals represent a trusted voice and interact with people who may not otherwise be engaged in climate change.

Health professionals can be the first contact to members of the public, asking questions about their health and climate change. We want to support health professionals as they educate and treat patients.

Here you will find educational resources that may help you bring awareness to how climate change affects human health and the steps that can be taken to protect ourselves.

Why Talk About Climate Change?


Increasing a patient’s knowledge of the effects of climate change, including the negative impacts it can have on their health, is critical to combat climate change. Integrating climate and nature into health information will empower individuals to interact with nature more and be more engaged with solutions to climate change.



Evidence-based information helps build capacity to engage in public health activities related to climate change and the positive impacts for patients when they interact with nature while helping to midgate climate change and the effects on individuals/population health due to climate change.


To help facilitate and foster knowledge of the health effects of climate change while educating people on ways they can positively interact with nature to improve their overall health and reduce their impact on the natural environment.

Tell us why climate change is important to you!

Creating Climate Change Habits

Make Natural Spaces Part of the Solution
When working with patients towards changes in diet, exercise, and sleep habits, remember to add nature time as a recommendation and why nature is part of their health.

Make it Unique
Recognize and reduce barriers. Remember that almost anyone can increase the time they spend in nature, no matter their physical abilities or where they live. Make the plan place-based: give them options to add walking into everyday activities and show them green spaces nearby.

Schedule and Follow-Up
Patients are more likely to stick to a commitment when they write it down—check-in on your patient’s progress at the next appointment.

Lead with Actions
Health-care providers who integrate Climate and Nature habits into their health recommendations are more likely to see patients have greater overall health outcomes than those that do not.

Take the Challenge!

Studies show that being in nature improves your health in many ways. Boost your relationship with nature today!

Traditional Knowledge

Health from an Indigenous perspective is a whole, and healthy person expressed through a sense of balance of spirit, emotion, mind, and body.

Central to wellness is belief in one’s connection to language, land, beings of Creation, and ancestry, supported by a caring family and environment. These resources reflect those beliefs but can be used by any health practitioner to improve the wellness of all people.

Miigam’agan of clan Jagej from Esgenoôpetitj, is Elder-in-Residence at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, NB. To learn more, click on the explore more button.

Why Talk About Climate Change?


Climate & Vector-Borne Disease

How climate change willimpact vector-borne disease development


Climate & Increasing Temperatures

How changes in climatewill impact the places we live


Climate & Our Food

How climate change will impact our food systems


Climate & Your Lungs

How climate will impactyour lungs

Factors that influence health outcomes

Population Health Model

The Population Health Framework groups factors called the determinants of health into four categories, each of which can be influenced by government programs and policies. The framework also includes citizens’ involvement in their health and well-being and external factors affecting the population’s health.

Benefits of Protecting your Health and the Planet’s may include:

Stress Reduction

Stanford researchers find mental health prescription: Nature

More Energy

Curated by Star ‘This Matters’ podcast host, Raju Mudhar puts together a playlist of songs you can walk solo to, while practicing physical distancing.

Better Mood

Dr. Nooshin Razani talks about the healing power of nature as well as why it is her mission to prescribe time in nature as a way to treat health conditions. Watch Dr. Nooshin Razani’s talk to learn how and why nature can be an essential part of healthy living.

Help Improve Cardio Health

Spending at least 120 minutes a week in nature is associated with good health and wellbeing

Live Longer

Living close to nature and spending time outside has significant and wide-ranging health benefits — according to new research. A new report reveals that exposure to greenspace reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, stress, and high blood pressure.

Stronger Communities

This guide is for local governments of rural and urban communities across British Columbia who want to create active, healthy and thriving places for all people. 

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