Informational evening on the impact of wood smoke in the Comox Valley

The Sustainability Action Group for the Environment (SAGE) is hosting an informational evening on the impact of wood smoke on public health and what changes are needed to improve our air quality.

“The quality of our air is an important social determinant of our health,” noted Helen Boyd, the event organizer. “Yet we have multiple air advisories every year in the Comox Valley. This talk is a great opportunity to learn more about how wood smoke—whether from woodstoves or from wildfires—affects our well-being.”

Come learn about this issue and decide on the incremental steps you might take towards the goal of making the Comox Valley one of the regions with the cleanest Air on Vancouver Island.

SAGE has invited Jennell Ellis of Breathe Clean Air Comox Valley to present on the topic. She will be talking about how the fine particulates and other toxins in wood smoke affects our health and what we can do to minimize the impacts on our health.

“Breathe Clean Air was started by people who are impacted by wood smoke in our area,” said Ellis. “We have some of the most polluted air on Vancouver Island but we know that can change and look forward to sharing more on how that can happen.”

The talk and discussion is open to the public. It starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the Comox United Church (250 Beach Drive, Comox). Admission is by donation to support the work of the SAGE group.

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