Addressing climate change can be an overwhelming and daunting task, but when all individuals in a community engage, prepare, and collaborate on effective climate change strategies, then partnerships and solutions arise. Evaluating baseline opinions, values, core beliefs, and identities of a community’s diverse population will allow environmental health professionals to better understand how and where behavior change can produce maximum results. Promoting long-term planning for climate change is important. Communities must create and be examples of more efficient and sustainable lifestyles, such as using active and mass transportation, reducing waste, and conserving energy and water.
NEHA Climate Change Policy Statement
NEHA's Board of Directors adopted NEHA's Climate Change Policy Statement written by NEHA's Climate Change Committee. Climate change is affecting environmental health—the quality of air, food, and water in the communities where we live, work, and play (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). NEHA recognizes climate change as a world-wide environmental health problem that has health and safety impacts to individuals and communities. Environmental health professionals improve and protect the public’s health and create and sustain healthy communities. It is NEHA’s responsibility to support the capacity of environmental health professionals to address the health impacts of climate change with risk assessment, adaptation, and mitigation planning.
NEHA and ecoAmerica's Climate for Health Partnership
NEHA is excited to announce its new partnership with ecoAmerica’s Climate for Health program. Please see the new ecoAmerica resources and other recent climate reports. Together, NEHA and Climate for Health are building visible national leadership on climate solutions and institutionalizing climate action as a health imperative; developing and supporting climate literate environmental health professionals that can lead on climate; engaging all leadership, members, and stakeholders; and building collective support and action for climate solutions within the NEHA community and across the health sector.
ecoAmerica’s Climate for Health program partners with America’s leading health associations and institutions to make climate change a top national health priority. Click here for Climate for Health resources and tools.
NEW! Climate and Health Blogs:
NEW! August 2018: Climate Change and the Built Environment: It’s Time to Make Changes written by Felix I. Zemel, MCP, MPH, DrPHc, Co-Chair of NEHA's Climate Change Committee.
June 2018: Humans Have a Right to Clean Air and a Healthy Climate written by Richard Valentine, NEHA’s Climate Change Technical Advisor and Chair of its Climate Change Committee.
May 2018: NEHA Members’ Climate and Health Awareness: Challenges, Growth, and Solutions written by NEHA staff. The blog is written based on NEHA's Climate Metrics Survey results report in partnership with ecoAmerica and Climate for Health.
February 2018: Honoring Our Heritage, Leaving a Legacy: Environmental Health and Climate Change written by NEHA's Climate Change Committee member, Richard Hicks.
Please see other related climate change blogs.
Please see NEHA's Climate Metrics Survey results report (2017) in partnership with ecoAmerica and Climate for Health. NEHA invited its members to participate in an online survey to determine members’ attitudes and behaviors on climate change. This survey was part of a national survey sponsored by ecoAmerica and Climate for Health. The report highlights key NEHA member results and comparisons to a representative national sample of U.S. adults, and a sample of NEHA members in 2016.
NEW! Webinar Recording: NEHA and ecoAmerica: A Sneak-Peek at Two AEC Climate and Health Sessions, May 23, 1:00-2:30pm ET
The Climate Science Special Report, released by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, describes current trends in the climate globally and for the U.S., as well as projects trends in temperature, precipitation, sea-level rise, and Arctic Sea ice for the remainder of this century.
The Lancet Countdown’s 2017 report tracks 40 indicators across five areas, arriving at three key conclusions: 1) the human symptoms of climate change are unequivocal and potentially irreversible; 2) the delayed response to climate change over the past 25 years has jeopardized human life and livelihoods; and 3) the past five years have seen an accelerated response.
AEC Climate Change Sessions and Related Topics
Articles by Journal of Environmental Health:
January/February 2016: The Impact of Extremes in Outdoor Temperature and Sunshine Exposure on Birth Weight
April 2014: 2012 NEHA/UL Sabbatical Report Vulnerability to Potential Impacts of Climate Change: Adaptation and Risk Communication Strategies for Environmental Health Practitioners in the United Kingdom (PDF)
Articles by Dr. David Dyjack:
February 2017: NEHA Climate Change Policy Statement (PDF)
NEHA program committees provide guidance, input and expertise to NEHA leadership and program staff, fellow environmental health professionals and partner organizations on environmental health policies and programs. The Climate Change Committee Mission, Goals, and its Members are listed here.