Dr. Theresa Tam says climate change is the single biggest threat to human health on the planet. Here’s what social purpose organizations can do right now

Why It Matters

Canada is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world. Those changes will bring with them a host of profound healthcare challenges, from brutal heat waves to more frequent disease outbreaks - and social purpose organizations play a critical role in Canada’s healthcare system.

CARE International is addressing climate-caused starvation, flood-borne illness, and gender-based violence. Here are the concerns they’re bringing to COP27

Why It Matters

Global North nations, including Canada, are hundreds of billions of dollars short on the necessary climate funding commitments needed to help Global South countries weather climate-related healthcare issues.

Rooted in local knowledge: How BC’s community forests are advancing climate resilience

Why It Matters

As push for localization remains a big conversation in the social impact sector, Canada’s community forests serve as an example of harnessing local knowledge — and how that knowledge can strengthen and protect local communities.

This new program connects racialized candidates with non-profit boards, aiming to root bias out of the process

Why It Matters

Racialized people face entrenched bias when it comes to traditional methods of appointing board directors. Meanwhile, many non-profits disproportionately serve racialized communities. More racialized representation on boards, experts say, means better programming for these communities.

Rates of violence spike during heat waves. Are community services prepared for a hotter world?

Why It Matters

Extreme heat is a major cause of climate-related illnesses and deaths, but its link to gender-based violence is largely overlooked. With climate change creating more heat waves, more assaults could happen in the coming years.

The massive climate change issue you've probably never heard about — and how these activists are working to fix it

Why It Matters

Soil is a vital player in a trifecta for human health: carbon capture, food and water security. 95 percent of our food comes from rapidly diminishing top soil. Experts warn that if the world’s soils are not revitalised, they could release 850 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere contributing to climate change - which is more than all of humanity’s emissions in the last 30 years combined.