2017: The Year of Climate Change and Health
Far away...maybe someday...not me.
One of the challenges posed by climate change is psychological: it can be hard to stay engaged when we don't feel many climate change risks and impacts in the here and now. (For a particularly eloquent expression of this challenge, highly recommend the short video "The Measure of a Fog: Distance" by Ian Cheney and UnDark.)
Then there's the health impacts of climate change. More extreme weather events, spreading vector-borne diseases, and strains on air, water and food supplies are upon on us. Many public health leaders have made it clear that climate change will be affecting everyone's health, so let's take this seriously and get busy.
"We're committed to making sure the nation knows about the effects of climate change on health. If anyone doesn't think this is a severe problem, they are fooling themselves." --American Public Health Association Executive Director Georges Benjamin, in the Washington Post
A coalition of organizations, led by the American Public Health Association (APHA), has declared 2017 "The Year of Climate Change and Health." You may have heard about their February 2017 climate change and health "alt-conference," organized in the aftermath of the the Trump adminstration's canceling an official CDC conference on the topic. Each month in 2017, they're running a webinar and assembling resources on a different theme; May is Air Quality, Lung and Heart Health.
If you care about health (and who doesn't, really?), check out these resources. And please bring what you've learned, and your questions and conversations about it, into ClimateX!
(Image by APHA and ClimateNexus)