Foundation for Resilient HealthCNHHE

The New Brunswick Lung Association has identified vulnerabilities of our health, environmental, and social systems, that have been exemplified by COVID-19 pandemic. These vulnerabilities are the result of many decades where economic growth has been more important than health, wellbeing, and environmental balance. As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, we see an historical opportunity to advocate for policy reform in key areas with a goal to reduce the inequities that underlie poor health.

We are welcoming you to review our recommendations in the attached white paper, and your sign on as a supporter of any recommendation, a whole pillar, or the whole document. If you would like to lead any one area of these recommendations we are completely open to collaboration and to following your lead.

This advocacy campaign is lead by our new Foundation for Resilient Health, which is built on the strong foundation of the Canadian Network for Human Health and the Environment (a subsidiary of the New Brunswick Lung Association). The Foundation for resilient health expands on our work with health professionals, health and environment organizations, and on our expertise in environmental health. The Foundation for Resilient Health springboards from this history, trust, and evidence-based expertise, into the realm of promoting the key pillars of resilient health.

The four pillars for action laid out in our attached White Paper include:
  • Our Natural Environment - protecting our natural support system
  • Climate Change - recognizing the existential threat posed by climate change and taking immediate action
  • Public Health and Wellness - shifting the health care focus to wellness and illness prevention
  • Economy - improving financial equity in Canada

Our pillars and recommendations were developed following consultation with many key experts across Canada and are founded in scientific evidence. We have engaged the services of a national lobbyist to help us bring these issues to the attention of our Members of Parliament and we will work with our elected officials to achieve change in these areas. Some recommendations can be achieved in the short term; others will take perhaps years of engagement.

We invite you to read our White Paper that forms the backbone of our advocacy plan. We are inviting you to let us know if some or all of our recommendations resonate with the broader goals of your organization. If you would like to add the name of your organization as a supporter of any recommendation, a whole pillar, or the whole document, please let us know. If you would like to lead any one area of these recommendations we are completely open to collaboration and to following your lead.

If you respond by signing-on we will collaborate with you as our work progresses.

To sign-on or for more information email

Click here to see the invitation to sign-on and for more information on the Foundation for Resilient Health.
Every day people and environmental groups take action to protect and restore New Brunswick’s environment.

Over this past year, who stands out in your mind?

We invite you to nominate a group or individual deserving of one of the NBEN awards which will be presented in style at Eco-Confluence 2019. Send an e-mail to describing your nominee’s work. Nominees must be members or associates of the NBEN , not including current Steering Committee members.

Nomination deadline is Friday, October 11, 2019.

Stop Spraying NB NEWS:

- Stop Spraying NB has launched a NEW ACTION ITEM for supporters:

Please set up an appointment with your MLA in your local constituency office on a Constituency Monday and BRING SSNB's brand new pamphlet full of great facts to counter govt spin. Every MLA has a duty to be available to you on Mondays!

You can download and print the pdf of our pamphlet directly from our website (it prints well in black and white!):

- SSNB has also started sending out a monthly email newsletter to our email list. here is our debut August Newsletter. Please join our email list if you want to be kept up-to-date. we promise not to fill your inbox.

Link to our SSNB Newsletter:

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The warming climate is a planetary emergency resulting in unwanted health impacts, with financial and economic costs that will soon have devastating repercussions.

SEGPIC1In November 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a special report issuing a challenge for all humanity. Unless fossil fuel use is reduced 50 percent by 2030 and 100 per cent by mid-century, climate chaos could destroy the underpinnings of civilization, including agriculture and the food system, coastal communities, ocean productivity, and the global economy.

This urgent challenge confronts all people, regardless of their beliefs or political affiliation.

Climate experts warn for Earth to remain habitable for humans the global temperature must not exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. But the planet is still on track to reach between 2 to 4-plus degrees Celsius (3.6 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of the century, which would be a catastrophe for humanity.

SEGPIC2The growing numbers of emergency events linked to global warming include huge forest fires and the thawing of Arctic permafrost both of which release vast quantities of CO2, the melting of glaciers and polar ice leading to sea level rise and loss of drinking water, invasive species impacting the local environment, massive rainfalls and increased floods, prolonged droughts, ocean acidification and more frequent severe storms around the world. This emergency, if not effectively addressed now, will severely impact human wellbeing and economic life.

Climatologists and climate scientists have been issuing increasingly stern warnings, yet the majority of politicians continue to pretend things are under control. They continue to advocate for business as usual with “responsible resource development” and a “balanced approach” to combatting climate change so they can continue to profit.

With a federal election coming on October 21st, Canadians have an ideal opportunity to make the climate emergency an issue that can no longer be disregarded. Likewise, Americans will have the same opportunity November 3rd, 2020.

Mark Carney, the Bank of England Governor, warns that businesses that fail to adapt to climate change will go bust. “Companies that don’t adapt – including companies in the financial system – will go bankrupt without question…What the capitalist system needs to do is to manage the risks around climate change and be ready for the different speeds of the adjustment.”

What’s required is the rapid decarbonization of the world’s economy. New Brunswick, Canada, and the entire world MUST mobilize quickly to substantially lower greenhouse gas emissions by switching to the low carbon economy with clean, renewable energy. This will create far more new and lasting jobs than the fading fossil fuel economy can provide.

At stake is the future for the coming generations and perhaps the very existence of the human civilization on planet Earth.

We must act upon the climate emergency with the same determination and speed that was mobilized for World War II. What will you do now to help preserve a livable planet for future generations?

Please consider doing the following:SEGPIC3

  • Share this call to action with all your contacts, particularly educators and clergy, or anyone in a position of influence and power.
  • Ask your provincial and federal politicians and candidates for political office in Canada for their position on the “climate emergency.” Americans can do the same for state and national candidates in the U.S. in 2020.
  • Vote only for candidates who present a clear plan for addressing the climate emergency.
  • Continually seek ways to lower your own carbon footprint.

Present and future generations will thank you for your help!

The EOS Board of Directors has written an open letter to the Government of New Brunswick urging more climate action and is seeking support from other environmental organizations and members of the public who would like to sign a pledge. Responding to a recent report from the International Panel on Climate Change and New Brunswick’s commitment to emission reductions, EOS Eco-Energy (EOS) is encouraged that the Government has adopted the document, “Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Economy: New Brunswick’s Climate Change Action Plan”. This plan was created by and for New Brunswickers. However, the EOS Board of Directors strongly recommends that a goal-oriented timeline accompany the plan to track progress of those targets set out for 2030.  And, in order that the plan be fully implemented, it is necessary that the Government promptly support a fair price-on-carbon program.

EOS welcomes the public and other environmental groups to pledge support for requesting the Government of New Brunswick actively pursue the implementation of its plan, “Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Economy: New Brunswick’s Climate Change Action Plan” by (1) prioritizing and creating a timeline for each action and by publicly reporting CO2 emissions reductions annually, starting with a report in 2020; and (2) by adopting a fair carbon pollution-pricing plan before 2020. Those who sign on also pledge to support a fair carbon pricing plan for New Brunswick residents, organizations, industry, and businesses.

You can download a copy of the letter and pledge form to help collect signatures at: The deadline to drop off signatures to EOS is May 31st, 2019. Please send originals to the EOS office at 131D Main St., PO Box 6001, Sackville, NB E4L 1G6 or deliver to any of the EOS board of directors.

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