Our program addresses a major research gap, will inform major health assessments and prioritization of Indigenous health initiatives, and will advance climate-health theory and practice.
Inuit are international innovators and leaders in health adaptation to climate change. As climate change begins to impact Southern food systems, we can learn from leadership, expertise, and guidance in Canada’s north.
The economic costs of future climate change impacts on agri-food are substantial: enteric illness, for example, currently costs the Canadian economy ~$3.7B annually.
Climate-health research in Indigenous communities in the Arctic, Uganda and Peru is important to the Canadian public: our climate-health research has received national and international media attention.
Benefits of international work to Canadians:
Global funds to support adaptation are substantial and increasing: currently, there is $12B pledged annually, which will increase to $100B annually by 2020. Canada has committed substantial funding for adaptation in developing nations and is currently the 3rd largest donor to the UNFCCC. This Canadian investment underscores the importance and urgency of understanding, monitoring, and evaluating climate change adaptation.