The impact of climate change on mental health is clear. Climate anxiety is experienced by many groups, not just victims of natural disasters. This article highlights organizations that are addressing the issue and provides suggestions to those that directly experience this eco-anxiety.
Some Communities are Being Harmed First and Worst
Differences in Heat-related Mortality by Citizenship
This fact sheet summarizes a study that found a striking difference in heat-related mortality risk for non-U.S. citizens. Compared to U.S. citizens, non-U.S. citizens age 18 to 24 were 20 times more likely to die from excessive heat exposure.
D.C. Residents Bring Racial Equity To The City’s Climate Change Conversation
Last year, D.C. community members came together to form an Equity Advisory Group on climate change and racial justice. One of the first nationwide, the group succeeded in moving both the local and national climate and racial justice conversation forward.
Natural disasters are getting worse. People with the least power are most at risk.
Community members that start out with fewer resources and power are less likely to recover financially afterward and more likely to die. Federal relief appears to be widening disparities rather than helping communities return to the status quo.
Climate Solutions are Health Solutions
Some Boston Doctors Bring Climate Change Into The Exam Room — Warily
Listen to Boston-based doctors describe their experiences helping patients make the connections between health and climate change. These doctors represent a small but growing number of physicians who are bringing this difficult conversation into their practice.
This map documents major reforestation efforts across the country since 2013. Reforestation is critical to mitigating climate change and protecting communities from extreme heat.
In the Spotlight
Creative digital media is a powerful way to spread the word on the health impacts of climate change. The Baltimore Climate & Health Project just launched this interactive webpage on climate change, extreme cold, and public health in Baltimore.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is continuing its health and climate communication webinar series. You can view all forthcoming webinars here and register for the May webinar on Creative Material Development below.