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City Club at Playhouse Square

Environment & Sustainability

City Club at Playhouse Square

The Air We Breathe: Examining Climate Change’s Impact on Air Quality

Friday, August 18, 2023
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
A FREE Outdoor LIVE Broadcast of our August 18th Friday Forum!

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"Economic development happens when workers are healthy and happy." – Divya Sridhar

Since May of this year, more than 5,000 fires have ravaged Canada causing environmental issues in several parts of North America. The 2023 wildfire season has already eclipsed Canada's previous annual record from 1989, with more than month left in the peak season.

Smoke from the wildfires spread quickly, crossing international borders, and settling over many US states and resulting in unhealthy air quality. Residents of Northeast Ohio have noticed the “campfire smell,” hazy skies, and disappearing downtown skylines. NOACA issued air quality warnings, and health officials urged Ohioans to limit their time outside or take necessary health precautions for those who must be outside.

People at higher risk for smoke-related health issues, such as the elderly, children, and those with preexisting conditions were affected the most by the air issues. The air quality forced many to either stay indoors or return to masking in order to stay safe. As with many effects of climate change - the effects are disproportionately shouldered by low-income and BIPOC communities. For some, staying indoors was not an option. And those who work outdoors or travel by foot, bike, or wait for public transit were disproportionately affected by the toxic fumes.

Join the City Club at Playhouse Square for a conversation about climate change, air quality, and what can be done to protect the air we breathe.


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Rain doesn't stop the show! Our rain location is the Westfield Studio Theater at the Idea Center at Playhouse Square.

The livestream will be available beginning at 12:00p.m. Have questions? Tweet them at @TheCityClub or send a text to 330.541.5794.

Production and distribution of City Club forums in partnership with Ideastream Public Media is generously provided by PNC and the United Black Fund.

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