Health and Climate Change

TAKING HEALTH AND CLIMATE CHANGE PERSONALLY

CLIMATE CHANGE: WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  1. COMMUNICATE- Speak Up

—Don’t let denial go unchallenged

—Tell your own personal story

—Use social and traditional media to get the word out

—Write letters to the editor

— Call TV and radio stations

—Join organizations committed to solving the climate crisis (see below)

  1. CHOOSE- Deepen your Commitment

—Make consumer choices that reduce energy use —Consider the environmental impact of purchases —Simplify your lifestyle

  1. LOBBY—DON’T GIVE UP

—Changing Laws is more important than changing light bulbs

—Tell your leaders this matters to you!

—Let them know you will support or strongly oppose them based on what they say and do

about solving the climate crisis

HEALTH/CLIMATE  LINKS TO WEBSITES

ACTIONS WE COULD TAKE IF IT WERE POLITICALLY POSSIBLE

--We could stop subsidizing fossil fuels and invest in energy conservation and renewable energy —We could stop subsidizing fossil-fuel intensive agribusiness and invest in small organic farms —We could stop using the U.S. military to preserve access to oil

—We could engage in good-faith negotiations toward an international treaty with binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions

—We could employ a progressive “fee and dividend” approach to lowering emissions, such as that proposed by Citizens Climate Lobby, by imposing a fee on carbon at the source and returning all revenues to the public to offset rising fuel prices

—These ideas may seem impossible at this time, but it’s our job to change what is possible.

HOW CAN WE CHANGE WHAT IS POSSIBLE?

—Changing consciousness, develop a life-nourishing spirituality

—Live simply; resist culture’s pressure to over consume

—recycle, conserve energy, eat lower on the food chain

— Invest in alternative technologies

—Work to create sustainable communities

—Work for climate justice

—Network across issues and across borders—globalization from below

—Advocate for public policies that foster sustainability and justice

—Advocate for a “fee and dividend” approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions

—Build a base of political power that can gain the support of the majority

—Work with Move to Amend to pass a constitutional amendment that would clarify that

corporations are not persons and money is not speech

—Listen to young people’s concerns and support their solutions

—Work to change the system that produces climate change:

   “System Change not Climate Change”

Panel provides key information for climate negotiations

Heat, Fire, Water: How Climate Change Has Created a Public Health Emergency. 

This report is mandated by Congress to be delivered every four years to the president; this is the latest report, from Nov. 2018