Recording now available, “Why Protecting Mothers and Minds Matters in a Changing Climate,” Climate for Health

By Bruce Bekkar, MD

The May 2022 installment of the Let’s Talk Climate series highlights the critical importance of healthy pregnancies and sound minds as we navigate our environmental challenges.  Dr. Cathy Jordan explains how climate change endangers the mental wellbeing of ourselves and our children, and Climate for Health Fellow Bruce Bekkar provides an update on threats to healthy birth outcomes from heat and air pollution.  They conclude on a hopeful note, highlighting how we can access the healing powers of nature and other ways to protect patients, ourselves and our families from climate change.

This episode of Let’s Talk Climate features Cathy Jordan, PhD, Director for Leadership and Education at the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment and Research Director of the Children and Nature Network, and Bruce Bekkar, MD, Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Fellow, Climate for Health.


Resources shared during the episode:

Mental Health and Our Changing Climate 2021 edition

Juan Declet-Barreto and Sean Alcorn, “Sneezing and Wheezing: How Climate Change Could Increase Ragweed Allergies, Air Pollution, and Asthma. Natural Resources Defense Council, 2015, pg 8

LTC episode “Motherhood in a Changing Climate: Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes” (video) 

Association of Air Pollution and Heat Exposure With Preterm Birth, Low Birth Weight, and Stillbirth in the USA, Systematic Review

Review: Chersich British Medical Journal

Review Ha, Changing Climate and Pregnancy Health

Children and Nature Network Resources 

How Does Nature Impact Our Wellbeing?

Restoring Nature = Restoring Ourselves 

Value of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)

Case study on power plant closures

Health Ranked Top Motivator in Support for Climate Solutions

Climate Kids 

Your Guide to Talking With Kids of All Ages About Climate Change

Climate for Health Ambassador Training

5 Steps to Effective Climate Communication


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