Mr. Speaker, I rise today in recognition of World Health Day. This year's theme focuses on the protection of global health from the adverse effects of climate change.
The effects of climate change on human health are becoming increasingly clear. More and more people are dying from extreme weather events.
The variation, incidence and spread of diseases are more likely to be affected by changing weather patterns. These impacts disproportionately affect vulnerable populations, including the young, elderly, medically infirm, poor, and isolated people.
I therefore call on the government to become a proactive participant in efforts to address climate change in order to safeguard the health of our citizens.