Are you a climate change champion? Learn more and take action!

Halton Region’s air quality health promotion campaign aims to educate Halton residents about the links between air quality, climate change and human health, and the steps you can take to reduce your impact on the environment.

This initiative encourages us to reduce our energy use at home and on the road, and to use the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) to help plan outdoor activities. The campaign is part of Halton Region’s air quality program which aims to protect and enhance Halton’s air quality and protect Halton residents’ health.

The campaign includes four short videos – Energy Reduction at Home External Link, Energy Reduction on the Road External Link, Active Transportation External Link, Air Quality and Your Health External Link – which have aired on Daily Web TV External Link over the past six months.

The campaign also features a contest open to Halton residents over the age of 18. The contest winner will have the opportunity to star in a Climate Change Champion Video, to be aired on Daily Web TV this fall. The grand prize package also includes a Home Energy Assessment, an Energy Efficiency Home Starter Kit, a copy of Halton Hikes Trail Guide and a Pedometer, a Family Pass to the Halton Region Museum and a copy of the 20/20 Home Energy Planner.

To enter the contest External Link, in a short essay (500 words or less) tell us why you are climate change champions and describe what you or your family is doing at home and on the road to reduce energy and improve air quality. The contest closes Thursday, June 30, 2011. Visit www.halton.ca/airquality or Daily WebTV External Link to submit your entry.

In addition to education and raising awareness, Halton Region’s air quality program includes airshed modeling, air monitoring, policy development and review of  planning applications. To introduce issues associated with air quality and climate change to younger audiences, the Health Department just published A Farewell to Featherwagons, an illustrated children’s picture book, for children aged four to eight.  The book is being distributed to schools, day care centres and libraries in Halton.

Visit www.halton.ca/airquality to learn more or dial 311, 905-825-6000, toll free 1-866-442-5866 or TTY 905-827-9833.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”