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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. 

Pew’s January 2018 polling results found a seven point increase in just the last year in Americans saying that protecting the environment should be a top policy priority and 46% of Americans now say climate change should be a top policy priority, the highest since Pew started asking this question* in 2007.  Key findings from ecoAmerica’s 2017 American Climate Metrics Survey indicate that Americans place the highest levels of trust in scientists (70%) and health professionals (62%).  Leaders in the health community face a momentous opportunity to champion climate solutions as a priority for public health. 

Since the start of our profession, nurses have made the connection between a healthy environment and improved health. Having clean air to breathe and clean water to drink are essential for human health and a key component to disease prevention. Thus, as health professionals, nurses have a professional obligation to address environmental factors that influence health. As climate change threatens to impact various aspects of health and well-being, the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE) is working to build the nursing workforce with climate literate nurses and empower those nurses to take action in their practice settings.

“Legacy” is defined, in part, as “something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor from the past.” We often think about legacies in personal terms associated with our children—what will our legacy be to them when we are gone? And can it leave them in a better place than they were before?  Since 1937, the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) has worked to advance the environmental health profession and to protect the public and the environment. Over time, NEHA’s work has evolved as new environmental health threats have been identified and their impacts better understood. NEHA’s work around climate and health is also evolving.

Health professionals have always been on the front lines of caring for their patients and advocating for solutions to America’s most pressing public health concerns.

Most of what Americans heard from the Trump Administration in its first year focused on dismissing climate change as a man-made problem, exiting the Paris Agreement, and supporting coal and oil. All of which seem to have impacted American attitutdes and actions in dramatic ways. Learn more in our January American Climate Perspectives survey!