SHIFT turned one this year and we’ve learned a lot about shifting to a better world. Two of the main focus areas of our work are health and well-being and climate change, and increasingly how these are connected.
That’s why this fall, we are so excited to be co-hosting (with Interior Health and Simon Fraser University) a first-of-its kind symposium we’re calling ‘Making the Links: Climate Change, Community Healthy, and Resilience.’
Over the course of two days, November 5th and 6th, attendees will hear from inspiring speakers, participate in engaging workshops, identify community stories and create cross-sector dialogue, all with the intent of uncovering shared approaches to climate change that will not only protect, but also improve community health and well-being.
Why does this matter?
Climate change is impacting people, ecosystems and communities across BC, the health and stability on which we rely for clean air, water, food, safety and security, and which are essential for good health and wellbeing. Without attention to the health impacts of climate change we risk rolling back much of the progress that has been made for healthy communities in the last few decades. Decisions made today about how we respond to climate change will have lasting consequences for the health and prosperity of all populations and communities in BC. Many regions around the world are already taking bold action that not only plans for and minimizes the health risks of climate change, but also maximizes the opportunity to increase health and wellbeing by seeking win-win solutions. How can we work together to harness best thinking and practice to do the same?
This event, set to take place at the historic Laurel Packinghouse in downtown Kelowna, BC, will be an intimate gathering of 150 people from across sectors and across Canada! Reserve your spot now; this is an event not-to-be-missed!