Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to re-focusing attention and resources on making a lasting impact. We’re highlighting our climate change work, part of PHI’s 100+ projects and programs working to improve the health and well being of communities around the world. We encourage you to give today, to PHI, or to other organizations making a difference. Donate to PHI here.

This Giving Tuesday, Fight for Our Climate

"When she catches the scent of smoke in the air, Jessica Herrera knows it’s time to retreat indoors to try to ward off another asthma attack.

"Growing up in the Imperial Valley, the 18-year-old has learned that her symptoms can appear suddenly and become overpowering, taking away her ability to breathe. The pollution comes from a mix of sources: farmers burning the post-harvest stubble on their fields, smog drifting across the border from Mexicali, lines of cars and trucks belching exhaust and windblown dust wafting from farms, the desert and the shores of the Salton Sea.

"Herrera and the others who suffer from asthma in the Imperial Valley will soon have a new tool to alert them to dangerous levels of air pollution. A network of 40 air monitoring devices is being installed in the region between the U.S.-Mexico border and the Salton Sea and is about to begin churning out a wealth of real-time data," through a project that includes the Public Health Institute's California Environmental Tracking Program (CEHTP).  *

Now, more than ever, we need to double down in our commitment to tracking, fighting and preparing for the impacts of pollution and climate change and particularly protecting vulnerable communities with disproportionate impacts, like Jessica's. This #GivingTuesday, make a donation to support PHI's environmental and climate change work. [Make sure to write 'climate' in the donation designation field.]

More than ever before, the coming months and years will require greater leadership and strong voices for actions to protect public health, especially with changing leadership in Washington DC and continued obstacles to progress at the international level. PHI will continue to press for concerted action both in the US and internationally, and CEHTP and leaders like PHI's Dr. Linda Rudolph are determined to build a healthier environment. They know that this affects us all and we cannot wait any longer.

Dr. Rudolph is working with physicians to help them talk about climate change from a health perspective. Linda leads the Public Health Institute's Center for Climate Change and Health, is marshaling voices, research and case studies to present clearly the impacts that climate change is already having on health. Dr. Rudolph is working hand-in-hand with other organizations to make sure that science, facts and evidence lead our discussions and policy decisions on climate change—and she's making sure that we act first with our most vulnerable communities.

There are no do-overs on climate change. We can't afford to wait. Any donationlarge or smallhelps make a difference. Donate to PHI and protect the environment and our health.

[Remember to include 'climate change' in the donation designation field.]

Help share Jessica's story. Click here to send a tweet: On #GivingTuesday, #ActOnClimate w/ @phidotorg: Meet Jessica & see how #ClimateChangesHealth in CA's Imperial Valley http://bit.ly/1lVo06F


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* Jessica's story was excerpted from an article in the Desert Sun.