Global Health is Environmental Emergency
Climate change is an inevitability that we’re going to have to face. But climate change isn’t just a matter of increasing heat and floods due to melting ice caps. No, climate change is also about the increasing amount of threats to our health that’s currently killing thousands—if not millions of people all around the world.
The increasing heat or warming of our planet has had evidence of the harms that it’ll do to our health. However, although our current understanding of this is growing, the world’s poorest nations are vulnerable, unsupported, and unequipped to deal with these problems.
This isn’t just a threat to our generation as well, but the survival of all our future generations as well.
Food Safety and Increasing Health Problems
Due to climate change, multiple unprecedented heatwaves and floods have been occurring all around the world, creating different problems for each nation, some taking a more substantial hit than the others. Developing countries or even countries such as the UK admit to the fact that they are ill-prepared for the increased flooding incidents and heatwaves that are plaguing them.
Climate change does not only leads to problems such as heat stroke for the hotter climates and leptospirosis for places with massive floods but also a problem in food security. In a country where the weather and environment are practically unpredictable, getting safe and secure food for your family can prove to be quite difficult.
People all around the world are also losing a lot of their livelihoods and lives, especially farmers who depend on the season and have no room for error when it comes to their crops. This level of unpredictability that comes with climate change hinders them. Droughts and sudden floods can negatively affect these people and for the people that depend on the farmers to provide food that they can buy.
Dramatic and Dynamic Weather and the Harms It Brings
This decade, climate change has brought about the strongest super typhoons in all of history and storms left and right. Records even say that because of climate change, the Indian monsoon has become the wettest it has ever been in over 25 years! These constant storms and rain brought by climate change can give an increasing amount of cases of Dengue and other diseases that come with damp and humid weather.
Aside from storms, climate change has also brought about a multitude of unprecedented wildfires in Australia, California, and, most recently, the rainforests in the Amazon. These are mere glimpses of what’s to come as in years to come, graphs have shown that extreme weather will become more frequent or intense. This can bring about a considerable change in our health, security, or our overall way of life.
Say goodbye to your healthy diets as well because if we continue with our approach regarding climate change, the production of vegetables and legumes will take a substantial hit. The high temperatures and low water availability in some areas will make plants challenging to cultivate. Healthy sustainable diets will hit an all-time low in a time where we need it even though they’re already low as it is right now.
How Do We Stop This?
One of the first goals would have to be keeping warming below two degrees of what it currently is to avoid stepping the line of no return. By doing this, we avoid possibly hitting the point where we do irreversible damage to the Earth, such as collapsing ice sheets or releasing methane from tundras.
A significant change should be done if we want to avoid a lot of these complications to both the Earth and our health. Climate change won’t be easy to fight, but doing things such as a rapid global shift to renewable energy can and will save millions all around the world.
Stopping climate change is no longer about protecting our planet and biodiversity. It’s about improving our health and saving our lives for this and future generations.