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Our nation is founded on the principle that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are fundamental human rights. Local air pollution (in the U.S., primarily ozone and particulate matter (PM) 2.5) immediately affects life and the pursuit of happiness. Global air pollution (CO2 and other greenhouse gasses) affects all three, as the calamities associated with them contribute to political instability and the liberty of millions worldwide. The consequences of climate change are real, well-established, and happening now. As we respond appropriately to the challenge of climate change, it will help clean the air.  Fossil fuel combustion continues to be the main source of this air pollution. So, as we move to more renewable energy to reduce CO2 emissions, it will have a beneficial impact on air pollution and human health.

As nurses, we know that clean air is essential for human health. Yet many people in the United States are living in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution.

Father and son on bikes near a wind farm

Americans’ attitudes on climate are changing, and the change is in a positive direction.

Addressing climate change can be overwhelming and daunting. However, NEHA and its Climate Change Program are up for the challenge.

pediatrician

Are Americans looking to leaders outside of the political arena for guidance on climate change?

Climate change is today’s greatest public health challenge. While all of us will experience the health impacts of climate change, some groups, including tribal communities, are particularly vulnerable. Climate justice requires ensuring fair treatment of all people — regardless of race, gender and socioeconomic status — in creating policies and practices to address climate change. 

I often struggle to instill in undergraduate nursing students the concept of inequity and why this is an important concept to understand for their nursing practice.

A clean energy future is within our grasp.

This guest blog from Climate for Health's partner, The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), explores active transportation as a climate solution. ACSM's ActivEarth initiative is an innovative global-scale, science-based and science-informed initiative intent on improving public health, the environment and the economy through greater levels of physical activity. The original blog post can be found on ACSM's website.