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BC Nurses Gather to Discuss Their Role in Responding to the Climate Crisis

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Innovative conference to focus on the connection between human health and climate change

​As the impacts of climate change become ever more visible, the BC Nurses’ Union is bringing nurses and health-care workers together to discuss ways they can play a crucial role in providing care and support. 

BCNU’s Human Rights and Equity Conference, scheduled for Friday, November 29, will give attendees a chance to look at the issue of climate change through a lens of nursing, advocacy and leadership, and will include an impressive lineup of key environmental advocates and experts. 

BCNU President Christine Sorensen says nurses have an important duty when responding to the climate crisis. 

“Whether it’s devastating forest fires or rising sea levels, there’s no question that these extreme weather events are impacting people’s health,” says Sorensen. “There are thousands of people with respiratory issues or cardiovascular issues who were impacted by the forest fires in BC and were walking into emergency departments and relying on community care. Nurses and all health care professionals need to be responsive and prepared for what this new norm means for patients’ health and well-being.” 

In addition to the climate crisis, Friday’s conference will also provide insight on how nurses can influence the public by spreading awareness on green initiatives, support patients and advocate for a sustainable and healthy future for the planet. 

“This is one of the biggest public health issues we’ve ever faced as a population,” says Sorensen. “Nurses know we need to look at how to best address the health risks of this threat and the benefits that will come with climate action.” 

Learn more about the 2019 Human Rights and Equity Conference and view the lineup of speakers.

To set up an interview, please contact Katharine Kitts at 604.220.9815 or kkitts@bcnu.org.


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