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June 2018 Champion

Meet our Champion of the Month:


Matthew T. Burke MD 
American Academy of Family Physicians

Dr. Burke, former director of state programs for the Consortium, says, “Much of climate change policy and mitigation is going to happen at the state level.” 
Breaking News!

AMA Supports Divestment from Fossil Fuels


AMA’s House of Delegates’ adopted a resolution “to end all financial investments or relationships (divestment) with companies that generate the majority of their income from the exploration for, production of, transportation of, or sale of fossil fuels.” This is a critical step toward ensuring health care providers first do no harm.

George Mason University Will Launch a Health and Climate Solutions Hub with Funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Fairfax VA - The Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University announced this month that it received a two-year, $1.2 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to establish a new Health and Climate Solutions Hub.  Read More!

Dr. Mark Mitchell is Co-Director, along with Dr. Edward Maibach
Action Alerts!
Summer Action Items:
Write two Op-Eds and/or Letters to the Editor this summer on these suggested topics:
  1. Support the AMA decision to divest from fossil fuels—to end investments or financial relationships with companies that generate the majority of their income from the exploration for, production of, transportation of, or sale of fossil fuels
  2. Oppose the proposed EPA rollback of auto pollution and fuel economy standards
  3. Oppose the EPA plan to ignore research that has formed the basis of clean air and clean water regulations under false claims that they are based on “secret” science
Make your voice heard! Talking points on each of these are found here at our website.
Example Op-Eds:
Hiding in plain sight (Richmond Times)

Dr. Mona Sarfaty, Executive Director of the Consortium, writes a poignant op-ed about the EPA’s plans to change the rules that dictate what evidence must be considered as the basis for protecting the public’s health. Read More
The EPA is holding a hearing on this proposed rule July 17th in Washington, DC. You can register to testify here. 
A vision for a healthy Traverse City (Record-Eagle by Dr. Lisa Del Buono)

"I have a vision for Traverse City to be a model green community existing in harmony with nature. A walkable, bikeable community powered by 100 percent clean forms of energy. A city in which tourists not only enjoy our crystal-clear waters, spectacular hardwood forests and clean fresh air, but also a hub for locally grown, sustainable food..." Read More
The News
Solutions with Health Benefits 
A big analysis of environmental data strengthens the case for plant-based diets (ScienceNews)

From beef to beer, coffee to chocolate, there are environmental costs in what humanity chooses to eat and drink. A new study calculates the bonus for the planet of choosing more foods from plantsREAD MORE
Nature and neurodevelopment: Differences in brain volume by residential exposure to greenness (NIH.gov)

Researchers are examining how a child’s exposure to greenspace may affect the development of his or her brain structure. READ MORE
Go green for healthier, happier, richer cities (Reuters)

Based on 700 papers on the impact of low-carbon infrastructure on cities around the world, green infrastructure not only helps the environment but also boosts jobs, health, and productivity. Read More
How We Can Make Beef Less Terrible for the Environment (Washington Post)

A relatively unknown land-based climate change solution called “silvopasture” emerged as the most powerful agricultural production practice — the ninth most powerful method overall. READ MORE
Getting rid of plastic straws and bags (Washington Post)

Less than two weeks after a pilot whale died off Thailand with 80 plastic bags in its stomach, three major companies — SeaWorld, Ikea and Royal Caribbean — have vowed to remove plastic straws and bags from their properties. READ MORE
Youth Becoming Champions
This Los Angeles teen fights back in bid to breathe easy
(ozy.com)

Nalleli Cobo, a 17-year-old activist, has spent half her life trying to shut down urban oil drilling in her communityREAD MORE
How a group of teenagers convinced the Utah legislature to recognize climate change
(CNN)

After a long journey through the House and Senate, Republican Gov. Gary Herbert officially signed the resolution in March and held a ceremonial signing with the students last month. READ MORE
Health Impacts Could Worsen
New study finds hotter temperatures may increase antibiotic resistance (research study: Nature Climate Change)

Increasing local temperature, as well as population density, are associated with increasing antibiotic resistance (percent resistant) in common pathogens. Pump Handle article
Empowering Physicians to make the Climate-Health Connection
On June 11, Consortium Director, Dr. Mona Sarfaty, along with Consortium strategy counselor Rob Gould, presented as panelists at the 9th Annual International Conference of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby (CCL). Among the 1200 members who attended the conference – held in Washington, DC – were a large and growing contingent of clinicians and public health professionals. The Citizens Climate Lobby has 130,000 members across the country. All were eager to learn how to effectively communicate the message: that climate change is harming Americans' health and that climate solutions are health solutions. Our hope is that these well-attended presentations and leave-behind materials will help attendees communicate more effectively, spread awareness of the Consortium, and lay the groundwork for future collaborations with CCL.

Resources
UPDATED: Climate Explorer 
A new version of Climate Explorer was released on May 30, 2018.

You can use the online tool to explore interactive graphs and maps of climate projections and observations for any county in the contiguous United States. Display historical temperature and precipitation observations for hundreds of climate stations, or explore map layers of valued assets and climate hazards.

Check out the updated Climate Explorer HERE
New Report: Adaptation in Action
 
Communities across the nation are taking action to reduce the effects of climate change on health. Read Adaptation in Action Part II 2018: Grantee Success Stories from CDC's Climate and Health Program (PDF) for examples of how communities have succeeded in responding to the challenge of climate change.
Events & Webinars
  • June 28: Climate Changes Health Equity

    1:00–2:30 p.m. ET — This webinar will bring to life the upcoming guidebook Climate Change, Health and Equity: A Guide for Local Health Departments, which aims to help local health departments deepen their engagement in the integration of climate change into public health practice.

  • August 18: Goddard Forum Advancing One Health in Pennsylvania

    This forum brings together professions, stakeholders and citizens to share knowledge, find common ground, and identify actions to coordinate definitive gains in human, animal, plant and ecosystem health in Pennsylvania and beyond.

  • September 7 – 8: Virginia Environmental Assembly

    Bringing together conservation leaders from across Virginia, the Environmental Assembly provides a forum for discussion on key environmental issues and an opportunity to strategize with like-minded individuals about the best ways to tackle threats to our natural environment.

  • October 13: Hampton Roads – Health in a Changing Climate

    Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center – Portsmouth, VA

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