Climate change is already causing profound harms to human health. Health professionals can make a critical difference by reframing and responding to climate change as the health emergency it is. If health professionals are to live by our tenet – “do no harm” – we must act.
Operating an energy efficiency program may seem like a simple straightforward effort, but PUSH Buffalo understands that many problems in low-income communities and communities of color are more complex and interrelated than they seem.
In Austin, climate change is increasing the number of uncomfortably—and even dangerously—hot days. Green infrastructure can reduce this effect by shading building surfaces, deflecting the sun’s rays, and releasing moisture into the atmosphere.
Covenant Pathways is a Native-led organization located on the Navajo reservation whose mission is to teach soil restoration techniques to Native farmers. Restoring soils to good health—through forest restoration and planting trees, managing grazing lands so they accumulate soil carbon, and using “regenerative” farming techniques to rebuild croplands—is one of the world’s most promising climate solutions.
State-level Climate Action Plans (CAPs) are an important example of how we protect communities from environmental influences on health through public policy. The consequence of some states developing CAPs and others not is potentially greater health disparities.
Rob Gould is a senior communication strategist and a member of the George Mason University Health and Climate Solutions team. The Swinomish Reservation is located on Fidalgo Island in Western Washington State. It is the home of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, a federally recognized tribe. For thousands of years, the Swinomish have been a […]