“This month we are featuring in our eco-maven section an inspiring and fearless ER doctor from Canada, Dr. Courtney Howard, who is not only at the frontline attending patients during the COVID-19 pandemic and took the time to answer our questions, but she has also found time in her life to advocate for planetary health, and even lead the Lancet Countdown report – in the Canadian Policy brief- with recommendations for a healthy response to climate change. “
Yellowknife doctor Courtney Howard is president of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, and is one of over 170 doctors who signed the letter.
In the media : “‘Eco-anxiety’ is a crushing weight for many young Canadians. And they say schools aren’t doing enough”
THE TORONTO STAR “During Yellowknife’s first Fridays For Future climate change march last fall, Dr. Courtney Howard spoke about her experience with a condition called eco-anxiety to “the most Yellowknifers I’ve seen in one spot.””
“Plus de 175 médecins, experts et professionnels de la santé demandent au gouvernement fédéral de rejeter le projet de mine de sables bitumineux Teck Frontier en Alberta.”
“There’s a moment when the diagnosis of climate change and what it means for health really lands. For me, it happened in 2012 as I read an article that made clear that we need to leave the vast majority of economic fossil fuel reserves in the ground or risk an unlivable world within the lifetime of today’s children. I finished the article curled up in the fetal position around my eight-month-old daughter. For months afterwards my first thought upon awakening was of how her prospects for the future had changed. I had trouble concentrating, and every new data point in terms of temperature predictions was a punch to the gut.”
“Increasing awareness of the urgency of climate change, led by the youth climate movement, and growing felt impacts of the health effects of climate change, including the devastating bushfires in Australia, are fuelling a global increase in interest in the concepts of “eco-anxiety” and “ecological grief.” How to cope with these emotions personally, and how to help our patients? “
Dr Danielle Martin “phones a friend” to consult Dr Howard about the health impacts of climate change, including Lyme Disease, hay fever, wildfires and more.
CTV NEWS “VANCOUVER — Canadian medical schools have not adequately addressed the urgent need for training related to planetary health and climate change, and members of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students say that must change.”
MACLEAN’S MAGAZINE “What will it take for popular opinion to catch up with the terrifying science? We talk to Canada’s top climate change experts.”
Doctors and economists may seem like strange partners. We spend our days working on very different problems in very different settings. But climate change has injected a common and urgent vocabulary into our work. We find ourselves agreeing both about the nature of the problem and the best solution. It’s essential that we put a price on carbon pollution.
CHATELAINE MAGAZINE “This Yellowknife ER doctor is raising the alarm about the mental health impact of climate change.”
THE HILL “As humans, we like to think in categories, but the truth is we’ve never lived in a world where the health of humans, ecosystems and the planet could be effectively addressed in silos.”
On my way home from COP24 in Poland I stopped by the Agenda studio to talk LancetCountdown 2018 and about how discussing climate change as what it isâ€”a health issue, can help to get us all pulling in the same direction towards a healthy response.
“Heat waves, forest fires, flooding and major storms are causing more deaths, says a new report.”
“Dr. Courtney Howard – an Emergency Room Physician in Yellowknife, NT and primary author on the Lancet Countdown 2017 Report: Briefing for Canadian Policymakers– joined the Women’s Health Institute to present at the Third Annual Women’s Health Research Symposium on May 9th, 2018. Her talk, Climate change and women’s health in the North, and breakout session on climate change were focused on opportunities to improve women’s health outcomes while fighting climate change.”
Health and the Environment Belong in the Same Box: Why Health Impact Assessments Belong in Environmental Assessments
“Perhaps because we mostly work inside boxes—hospitals, clinics, universities, and office buildings—it has taken the world’s health community far too long to realize that human health belongs in the same box as what we call “the environment.”
“Courtney Howard, right, presents a letter on behalf of more than 150 Canadian doctors and medical students to Catherine McKenna, Canada’s minister of Environment and Climate Change at the COP 21 conference in Paris. (Courtney Howard/Twitter)”
“In 2009, the Lancet called climate change the “biggest global health threat of the 21st century.”