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You made it to the end of another week! 

Whether you will be observing a religious holiday this weekend, or perhaps just a few hours of Netflix, we wish you a happy one. 

If you're looking for a homebound activity, we recommend some reflection and intention setting and maybe also a sustainable snack (or two).

We do also recommend reading this newsletter, which you can find below. 

- HCS team 
 

Climate Solutions are Health Solutions

Low-income California communities enact plan to fight disproportionate air pollution


NBC News 

West Oakland’s Community Action Plan was designed by and for the people living in polluted neighborhoods. It includes 90 strategies for reducing air pollution and health risks, almost all of which have strong climate and co-benefits. 

The closure of Colorado coal-fired powerplants is freeing up water for thirsty cities

The Colorado Sun

Any newfound source of water is a blessing in a state routinely stricken by drought and wildfire, where rural residents can be kept from washing a car or watering a garden in summer, and where farm fields dry up after cities buy their water rights.

A green solution to an aging stormwater system

The Washington Post

Climate change means more floods, but Philadelphia is aiming to capture rainwater before it flows into city drains. By the end of 2019, the city had created more than 1,500 of a projected 10,000 greened acres to absorb rainfall.

Why time outdoors is crucial to your health, even during the coronavirus pandemic

University of Chicago News

Research shows that having just 10 more trees on a city block increases how healthy nearby residents feel. "Nature is not an amenity—it’s a necessity. We need to take it seriously.”

Lessons from the Intersection of Coronavirus and Climate Resilience 


Inside Philanthropy

An interview with a senior program officer at the Kresge Foundation, who works directly at the nexus of health, climate and community. 

Climate Change is Harming Our Health

New Research Links Air Pollution to Higher Coronavirus Death Rates


The New York Times

 Coronavirus patients in areas that had high levels of air pollution before the pandemic are more likely to die from the infection than patients in cleaner parts of the country, according to a new nationwide study

A Dirty Economic Restart Could Kill More People Than The Coronavirus


Forbes


If governments weaken environmental regulations and pour billions of dollars into polluting industries during Covid-19, the lethal risks associated with air pollution will spike. 

Some Communities are Being Harmed First and Worst

Cancer Alley' Has Some of the Highest Coronavirus Death Rates in the Country


VICE
 

As predominately Black communities in the polluted areas along the Mississippi from New Orleans to Baton Rouge face heightened risks from COVID-19, the EPA has suspended enforcement of the environmental rules designed to protect them.

Already Braced for Covid-19, Towns Watch the Rising Mississippi With Fear


Bloomberg Green

With the coronavirus already stretching supplies and budgets, local leaders worry that a flood could overwhelm them. Communities on the Mississippi now average a 100- to 200-year flood event annually - as a result, many towns’ emergency capabilities were already tapped out before Covid-19. 

View Now

We invite you to watch these four brief videos from communities across the U.S. undertaking projects on health, equity and climate change. Even in troubling times, sharing stories and learning from community-based solutions continues to be crucial, as public health crises compound the already serious climate change impacts in communities. 

WATCH

Upcoming Webinar

In the third webinar of our Health and Climate Solutions Webinar Series, Dr. Sacoby Wilson and Nsedu Obot Witherspoon will present on how climate change is impacting children's health and how we can work together across institutions to protect the health of our communities in a changing climate. Join us April 21st, at 3:00pm EST. 
 

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