This Version Posted: November 19, 2021

Climate change isn’t just an environmental problem. It also affects people’s health.

The effects of climate change are not just global in nature. Locally, climate change is leading to more flooding, severe storms, extreme temperatures, poor air quality, and the spread of new diseases like Lyme. These conditions may cause illness and injury in people. Seniors, young children, people living on low income, and people with chronic illness are most at risk. It’s time to act and adapt to climate change to protect your health!

What We Are Doing

The local Health Unit is assessing the health impacts of climate change in the City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton County and Northumberland County. Everyone can be impacted by climate change, but some people are more affected than others due to age, ability, income, occupation and other factors. The Health Unit is identifying who is most vulnerable and developing strategies and partnerships to ensure that everyone in the tri-county area is ready to adapt to the health risks posed by climate change.

These results will be shared very soon. For more information, call 1-866-888-4577, ext. 3249, or email us at

What You Can Do

You can reduce the health risks from climate change by learning to adapt. Here’s how:

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