FREDERICTON – On the last day of their national convention in New Brunswick’s pital city today, the approximately 900 delegates of the nadian Federation of Nurses Unions overwhelmingly passed a resolution lling on nadian governments to recognize climate change is a global crisis and a health emergency, and to act on it.
Citing such evidence as the destructive forest fires in Alberta and British Columbia in 2016, 2017, and 2018, flooding in New Brunswick and deadly heat waves in Central nada, as well as defining climate change as a signifint public health issue, the members voted to ll on the federal and provincial governments “to undertake the necessary policies to meet nada’s obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,” better known as the Paris Agreement.
That should mean, the resolution said, “enforceable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions using climate change.”
The resolution also lled for CFNU and its member unions to “support sustainable health re practices in hospitals and community facilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in health re settings” and to “raise the public’s awareness about the serious health implitions of climate change.”
The tone of the brief discussion on the resolution was more that climate change is an obvious fact and health re professionals had better pitch in and do something about it than a hair-on-fire debate between opponents and proponents of unimpeded development of the fossil fuel industry in…