Impact of climate change and wild weather on mental and physical health, lost time from work and the need to prepare
Blair Feltmate, PhD
Images of communities and homes destroyed or damaged following extreme weather events are increasingly familiar. But after the cameras leave, a less visible, longer-term toll can settle in on the mental and physical well-being of those who have suffered great loss. That suffering can linger for years. This talk will quantify these often less considered impacts that follow in the aftermath of large scale flooding, with results that are equally applicable to forest fire-related loss. On the upside, much work has been done over the past few years to prepare for extreme weather. Accordingly, the discussion will end by highlighting practical and cost-effective actions that can be taken today, to avoid suffering tomorrow.
Dr. Blair Feltmate, Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo