"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." -- APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, in The Washington Post
Having focused on climate change and health throughout 2017, APHA is pleased to share that the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, a group of member medical societies and health- and science-based organizations, recently hosted the Climate & Health Solutions Conference. The conference included presentations on a range of solutions such as: pricing carbon, accelerating the transition to clean energy, and greening the health sector. Check out the presentation slides and video recordings.
Climate change can harm the water supply, increase vector-borne disease and increase extreme weather events. Vulnerable populations such as communities of color, the elderly, young children, the poor and those with chronic illnesses bear the greatest burden of injury, disease and death related to climate change. As an APHA priority, we believe in the need for strong climate change strategies and interventions that protect people's health. The public health community plays a critical role.
Tell your members of Congress to oppose any efforts to delay or block the Clean Power Plan, which would reduce carbon pollution that contributes to climate change. And read "The Remarkable Inconsistency of Climate Denial."
Follow the conversation online using the hashtag #ClimateChangesHealth
Communities across the nation are taking action to reduce the effects of climate change on health. Adaptation in Action: Grantee Success Stories from CDC's Climate and Health Program (PDF) highlights successful ways communities have responded to the challenge of climate change. For example:
• The Minnesota Climate and Health Program developed an Extreme Heat Toolkit offering education on warming temperatures in Minnesota, ways to adapt to extreme heat, how to partner with local organizations and much more.
• The San Francisco Climate and Health Program's heat vulnerability index pinpoints neighborhoods most susceptible to the health effects of extreme heat. The index guides such efforts as where to designate cooling centers and helps city planners decide where more trees should be planted to offer shade and boost cooling effects.
With participation from members, experts and partners, APHA formed a multiyear strategic plan (PDF) to address climate change and health. The strategic plan was developed to support the vision, "Climate change is a national priority with broad political and social support. Our nation will address it in ways that improve public health and health equity, creating the healthiest nation in one generation."
Support the Clean Power Plan (APHA Action Alert)
Questions? Please contact our environmental health team or reach out on Twitter to @EH_4_All.