It is often overlooked that there is a direct correlation between an individuals’ health and the health of their environment. Canadians are entitled to a healthy lifestyle and that means they are entitled to a healthy environment. Yet, according to the Canadian Cancer Society, based on current incidence rates, 40% of Canadian women and 45% of men will develop cancer during their lifetimes.
Meanwhile, thousands are estimated to die each year in Canada due to air pollution and those numbers are expected to rise without immediate action. In addition, Health Canada estimates that 90 Canadians die annually, while a further 90,000 become sick due to water contamination. Sierra Club Canada is working to deliver a healthier environment for a healthy population by encouraging bans on toxic pesticide use for frivolous purposes, the clean up of toxic sites, reduction at source of dangerous substances, promoting clean energy, and promoting both safe and sustainable agriculture.