🌡️ Imagine... Pacific protecting and promoting health and
well-being in a changing climate🌡️
💡 Imagined Endstate:
A Pacific where we reduce the risks and impacts of climate change on our health by enhancing our adaptive capacity, resilience, and preparedness and by supporting mitigation actions that also benefit our health.
USGCRP. (2018). Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II. 4
💥 What’s the Big Deal:
Climate change affects the health and well-being of Pacific Islanders. 🌊Changes in the environment can impact our health in various ways, such as by increasing our vulnerability to climate events or by exposing us to infectious diseases that are transmitted through vectors, food, or water.💦 Additionally, alterations in quality and safety can pose health risks, while stressors to our mental health and well-being can also arise. These health effects are projected to worsen with additional climate change and disproportionately affect vulnerable populations, such as children, older adults, low-income communities, and some communities of color. 🏥However, proactive adaptation policies and programs can Take into account the potential risks and effects of climate-sensitive health outcomes and disruptions in healthcare services, which can help minimize their impact. 👍🏽Moreover, accounting for climate change risks in infrastructure planning and urban design can bring about added health benefits. 💚Moreover, reducing greenhouse gas emissions would benefit the health of Pacific Islanders in the near and long term by avoiding thousands of premature deaths and billions of dollars in health-related economic losses each year.
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