Full Presentation from July 9th Webinar | Gasping for Breath – Implementing Strong Anti-Idling Bylaws in Your Community

Gasping for Breath – Implementing Strong Anti-Idling Bylaws in Your Community. Extended PowerPoint Presentation from Canadians for Action on Climate Change attached.

Link to full presentation below.

Podcast coming soon. Contact: animateur@chnet-works.ca

Download the full presentation: https://www.yousendit.com/download/cmcwYUp3cG9VVGtLSkE9PQ

  • Gordon A. McBean CM, PhD, FRSC | Professor and Director Policy Studies | Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
  • Dr. Quentin Chiotti | Climate Change Programme Director and Senior Scientist | Pollution Probe
  • Fleur Storace-Hogan | Sustainability Support Technician | City of Burlington
  • Cory Morningstar | Council of Canadians | London | Canadians for Action on Climate Change

The issue of a drive-thru moratorium is a hot topic in many municipalities across the nation – what is industry’s response? Reminiscent of the tobacco industry’s response to anti-smoking efforts, ad campaigns are being run in London and Comox BC intended to question the science or promote ‘personal choice’ around drive-thrus. Are they hoping to sway pubic opinion and impede legislation? In the meantime, thousands of vehicles line up everyday in drive-thrus spewing unnecessary pollution into the environment.

Empowerment is as much about community mobilization as high-level political action. This is a local issue, with global consequences. Hundreds of leaders are gathered in Geneva discussing climate change. Many are from the developing world. The sense of urgency is palpable. We in the rich countries created the problem with our heavy use of fossil fuels, yet the people who will be most impacted will be the people in the poorest countries who had little to do with creating the problem. We need strong leadership at the federal and provincial levels, AND each of us need to make changes. Municipalities need to find the political will to effectively implement strong anti idling bylaws, to confront the enormity of Climate Change.

The most urgent need is to empower local government and local communities to understand climate implications and to take action. Health professionals and university academics have an important catalytic role. This fireside chat will provided stats, perspectives and inspiration to take on this role.

The topics of discussion in this Fireside Chat were
1) Implementing a strong anti-idling bylaw in your community
2) The contribution to Pollution
3) The contribution to climate change,
4) Drive-thrus
5) Barriers: political partisan issues, denialism, lack of political will and leadership
6) The crucial role of the health and academic sectors re: taking action on Climate Change

Ontario’s smog causes 9,500 deaths per year, medical association says. Of these 1,000 occurred immediately after times of intense pollution.

The research on the human costs of pollution and pollution-related diseases estimated that around 21,000 people in Canada will die from breathing in toxic substances drifting in the air this year with 3,000 of those deaths due to short-term exposure to smog.

CHNET-Works! is a project of the Community Health Research Unit, University of Ottawa.
CHNET-Works! hosts Fireside Chats around current and pressing community health issues.
140 ‘chats’ hosted since January 2009 – no registration fees, no travel costs, no green house gas emissions!
contact: animateur@chnet-works.ca

Idling Presentation for Canadian Municipalities July 2009 PPM.ppt

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