Dr. Courtney Howard, MD

Policy Work

Policy Work

Ecological grief and anxiety: the start of a healthy response to climate change?

The next 10 years are a crucial decade for the world. Ecological grief and anxiety over current losses or anticipated future change are a sign of relationship with, or connection to, the natural world. What is needed are accessible and safe spaces to explore these difficult emotional reactions and the political will to ensure that important strategies and supports are funded.

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CAPE: Healthy Recovery Plan For a Safe and Sustainable Future

Recently, organizations representing 40 million healthcare workers worldwide — two-thirds
of the global workforce — supported an open letter addressed to G20 leaders, calling upon
them to create a green and healthy recovery in order to support people through COVID-19
and its economic fallout, and prevent further crises related to climate change and planetary
decline.
This report represents a Made-in-Canada set of recommendations based on this call to action.

Policy Work

The Paris agreement: charting a low-emissions path for a child born today

Framing climate change in terms of health has been shown to generate hopeful emotions, and nurses and doctors are some of society’s most trusted messengers. Integrating health into the dialogue may be the best way to create a narrative that unifies populations around a shared desire for a healthy response to climate change.

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The health effects of climate change: Know the risks and become part of the solutions

Abstract Climate change presents a clear and present danger to human health. Health impacts are already being demonstrated in Canada, which is warming at roughly twice the global rate. A recent United Nations Environment Emissions Gap Report noted that if countries maintain current emission efforts, emissions will exceed the targets laid out in the Paris