Report: Collaborative Action on Health and Climate Change, Community Stories

While there has been momentum building to take action on health and climate change in BC and elsewhere in Canada, we consistently hear that communities, practitioners, researchers and the health sector are seeking real examples of action. There is a need to share stories and lessons learned from communities that are showing collaborative leadership to address climate change, health and resilience in an integrated way.

This collection of stories is from diverse communities and regions across BC. They demonstrate leadership from First Nations, local governments, health authorities, and non-profit organizations. They feature collaborative action on addressing health and integrating equity into climate action planning, extreme heat, wildfire response, air quality, flood response and capacity building. Our hope is these stories inspire ideas, motivation and action for continued progress to address health and equity as we work together to build climate resilient communities.


Acknowledgements

Report cover: Collaboration action on health and Climate Change.

The authors would like to respectfully acknowledge that the writing of these stories took place on the territories of the Esquimalt (Xwsepsum) and Songhees Nations, the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

These stories are the result of innovative and collaborative leadership from communities across BC. We are very grateful for the time and energy that community members put into this work and the passion and expertise they shared with us.

We would like to acknowledge Kate Benner, MPH candidate from Simon Fraser University for her support in researching and writing these stories.

We would like to thank the Real Estate Foundation of BC for their support of this project.

Introduction

Since the Framework for Collaborative Action on Health & Climate Change was published in 2019, there has been momentum building to take action on health and climate change in BC and elsewhere in Canada. However, we consistently hear that communities, practitioners, researchers and the health sector are seeking real examples of action. There is a need to share stories and lessons learned from communities that are showing collaborative leadership to address climate change, health and resilience in an integrated way.

This collection of stories is from diverse communities and regions across BC. They demonstrate leadership from First Nations, local governments, health authorities, and non-profit organizations. They feature collaborative action on addressing health and integrating equity into climate action planning, extreme heat, wildfire response, air quality, flood response and capacity building.

Our hope is these stories inspire ideas, motivation and action for continued progress to address health and equity as we work together to build climate resilient communities.

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