December is #ActOnClimate Month


Year of Climate Change and Health

"When we talk about climate change solutions, we also need to analyze power and how we distribute power." -- Vivian Huang, Asian Pacific Environmental Network

View the recorded workshop Climate Changes Health: Extreme Weather, Vulnerable Populations and the Many Benefits of Taking Action. 

We know climate change impacts health and affects the most vulnerable populations. The time to act on climate change is now.

Many activities that address climate change also benefit public health. We call these co-benefits. For example:

  • Shifting from a diet high in meat and dairy to a plant-based diet decreases fresh water demands and methane emissions while reducing heart disease risk.
  • Designing communities that foster active living and reduce car reliance lowers traffic-related emissions that aggravate respiratory illness and contribute to climate change.
  • Effectively using natural ventilation through climate-friendly housing design can help decrease heat stress.
  • Buildings that provide daylight and convenient stairwells not only decrease electricity use, they also improve people's mental health, physical activity levels and productivity.

Whether on a nation, regional or local level, we all can act on climate change. we can work with our transportation agencies, parks and planning departments and housing agencies to reduce air pollution and climate-related health risks. We can educate our policymakers and the public about the climate and health connection and talk about the health benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Every profession has a role to play in addressing climate change. While health care providers treat individuals, for example, public health professionals focus on prevention at the population level. Both have a different but vital role to play in addressing climate change. Check out this helpful fact sheet explaining the difference between the health care and public health approach.

As public health professionals, we are best poised to prevent, detect and managed the health implications of climate change. We need to be the leading voice in advancing climate change strategies and interventions that have co-benefits for all. We must work together to #ActOnClimate now.

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Month  Theme
January Introduction to the Year of Climate Change and Health
February Climate Justice and Health
March Clean Energy
April Transportation and Healthy Community Design
May Air Quality, Lung and Heart Health
June Mental Wellness and Resilience
July Agriculture and Food Safety and Security
August Water Quality
September Extreme Weather
October Vulnerable Populations, Focus on Children
November  Tribal and Indigenous Health
December #ActOnClimate

Dec, 7, 2017: Workshop — Climate Changes Health: Extreme Weather, Vulnerable Populations and the Many Benefits of Taking Action

Dec. 12, 1017: Webinar — APHA and Practice Greenhealth Present: Connecting Climate and Health Co-Benefits to Community Benefit Strategies

Year of Climate Change and Health Calendar of Events (PDF) 

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