"By using more clean energy, we also avoid some very dangerous health threats, particularly for those who are most vulnerable - our children," writes Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, renowned climate scientist.
Dr. Hayhoe's point should not be taken lightly. Given what we know about the alternatives, clean energy should not be an option. We should demand it. To ensure our children a healthy future, we require they wear bike helmets and avoid too much sun, eat a selection of healthy foods and get enough sleep. Why then should we allow them to breathe air from coal plants that will cause them asthma or drink ground water that has been contaminated by nuclear run-off or fracking? Clearly, we shouldn't. Health professionals must join together, alongside Dr. Hayhoe and others who are taking the lead, in calling for clean energy for all.
By Dr. Katharine Hayhoe & Alison Lawrence Jones I April 4, 2016
North Carolina is a complex and multifaceted state. From the wild beauty of the Appalachian Mountains to the research and industrial facilities here in the Research Triangle, North Carolina thrives as much due to its people as its rich natural capital.
Thanks to these abundant resources, North Carolina has the third largest amount of installed solar in the United States. Our solar boom benefits the economy, creating thousands of jobs and saving residents' electricity costs. By using more clean energy, we also avoid some very dangerous health threats, particularly for those who are most vulnerable - our children.
Asthma attacks are the top medical reason for missed school days. And the pollution from burning coal is a direct factor in causing asthma. But burning coal, gas and oil also affect our health and our economy indirectly, through their role in driving the climate disruption we're experiencing here, and around the world.
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