In the midst of a global pandemic, with climate disasters raging across the country, many Americans are laser focused on one date: November 3. “The most important thing we can do in this point and time is vote for leaders that care about our health and care about climate…this is the most important election in the history of the world in terms of where we’re going on climate change…” – Dr. Linda Rudolph.
“Climate change and our health, it’s not a Republican, Democrat, Independent thing, right? It’s a PEOPLE thing. We need to listen to what people are saying and ask ourselves the question, ‘Who is going to protect us, our children, those of us who are ill, those of us who are older? All of us.” – Dr. Adrienne Hollis
Our most recent health-focused Let’s Talk Climate episode included specific actions health professionals can take to elevate climate change as an election issue and get out the vote. We can educate candidates, tell our personal stories to connect climate and health impacts, and help ensure healthy voting options for everyone.
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Resources mentioned during the episode:
Actions for Health Professionals
Voting and Voting Safely
September is Preparedness Month
Additional Engagement Videos and Resources
Environmental Racism, Climate Justice, and Health with Vernice Miller-Travis (definition of syndemic included in our discussion)
More Americans see climate change as a priority, but Democrats are much more concerned than Republicans by Brian Kennedy and Courntey Johnson
The People’s Priorities, Examined by Frank Newport