Strategies to use now
Climate change is one of the most controversial issues plaguing policy makers around the world.
Greenhouse gas emissions have reached excessive levels, and this upward trend will continue unless mitigation policies are enacted. Change needs to begin now to stifle grave health implications.
Exposure to excessive heat causes heat stroke. This medical emergency emerges when the body's core temperature rises past the threshold of biological management. Processes in the body to regulate temperature go into overdrive. The exaggerated response can lead to heart attack, stroke, respiratory failure, and even death.
Patterns of infectious disease will change as the Earth warms. Vectors of infectious diseases could migrate to areas where treatment is not adequate. The potential for eradicated or new pathogens to arise could pose a serious threat to immunity, resource availability and cost of healthcare.
Education and awareness are low-cost strategies to spark change. Society is highly capable of modifying behavior to reduce — or even eliminate — global warming. Getting involved with climate change legislation or joining environmental activist groups can empower an individual, and with empowerment, change is possible.
If temperatures continue to rise, the need for society to adapt will become a necessity. Modification of home-cooling systems and equipping hospitals for surge capacity will be crucial to protect health.
Changes on a more individual level include utilizing public transportation, walking, or riding bicycle to travel.
Decreasing the volume of red meat consumption can also be beneficial. Livestock produce large amounts of methane from their digestive functioning. Lowering the demand for red meat will, in turn, lower the number of livestock and decrease methane emission.
Little changes made today can have substantial power over the future of our environment.
York College nursing student