LETTER: Addressing climate change is the first step
Climate change is a debated issue that the world is facing today. No matter what side of the argument you take, it is important to recognize that our Earth is not indestructible, and there is always a reaction for every action. When climate change is discussed, the obvious impacts to the environment are the first to be analyzed. What if we took those environmental impacts one step further, and related them back to human health? What would be the next topic of conversation?
Global warming and climate change go hand-in-hand. Increases of temperatures across the globe are influencing the way people live. For example, in the United Kingdom and Australia, rising temperatures are causing more intense, more frequent, longer heat waves. Intense heat and humidity floods these areas for extended periods of time crippling the public, as well as straining the water and power supply in efforts to cool down. A study cofounded by Duke University correlated the projected rising temperatures of climate change for both the United Kingdom and Australia with the incidence of heat-related death for each, and found that there was a rise in heat-related deaths for both countries.
So, what is going to happen next? The World Health Organization and the World Meteorology Organization collaborated up to combat this rising issue. In 2015, the WHO and WMO released the Heatwaves and Health: Guidance on Warning System Development. This document acts as a manual to assist in assessing heat waves, warning the public, and recommending actions to eliminate the risk of heat-related illness and death. Addressing climate change is the first step in reducing its impacts.
Although this order will not eliminate climate change and its effects, it will assist in how our society adjusts to the changes it has to make to survive.
York College nursing major,
Hegins, Schuylkill County