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'Action in Climate Change and Health' Draws EPA, Surgeon General

September 23, 2014

Climate change affects our health as surely as it affects our planet. The looming impacts—vector-borne diseases emerging in new locations, asthma and respiratory illness exacerbated by smog and wildfires, nutrition and food security issues from drought and other extreme weather events—may not be drawing much public attention, but it drew our nation’s leaders to an event on Monday happening in New York in conjunction with the UN Climate Summit.

 

The EPA’s Gina McCarthy, Acting U.S. Surgeon General Boris Lushniak; Dr. Maria Neira, Director of Public Health and the Environment Department at the World Health Organization; and Dr. Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet, spoke at the “Action in Climate Change and Health” event held the day before the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit in New York.

 

The event was co-hosted by the Public Health Institute, American College of Sports Medicine, Global Climate and Health Alliance and University of Wisconsin-Madison.  It explored  the numerous health benefits of climate mitigation, the threats climate change poses to health and the path toward a sustainable and healthy future. The hosts and the discussions pulled from multiple sectors—emphasizing that climate change and health is something that impacts us all, and that solutions must come from all sectors as well. Topics included food and agriculture, active transportation and community design, and energy and air pollution.

 

View the storify roundup of the day's events, courtesy of The Global Climate and Health Alliance: