Principal Blurbs 1, 3, 8
Framing as a Public Health Issue (1)
Climate change is a public health issue. One of the many results of climate change include rising heat temperatures, which will affect communities of poverty that will suffer the most. They generally have less air conditioning and lack green space. It is more likely that these groups will do worse on tests or graduate from college compared to those with better conditions, Aaron Bernstein mentioned.
The definition provided by the Center of Disease Control states that “Health equity is achieved when everyone has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible.”
Some Ways to Address Climate Change
Less red and processed meats; Instead, more fruits and vegetables
More active public transport and shift from a car-based society
Energy efficient buildings that do not use fossil fuel combustion
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
Good health and well-being
Health impacts of climate change include the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, and shelters. With rising temperatures and sea levels, more extreme weather conditions, and increasing carbon dioxide levels, it is easy to feel hopeless. However, the last thing the climate action movement needs is a “doom and gloom” approach.
Tailor to Your Audience (3)
Towards the end of my sophomore year, my English teacher showed me and my three other classmates a dystopian sci-fi movie about Los Angeles minorities not being able to access an asylum in outer space. It was gory, far-out, and intimidating. I left the class feeling even more anxious and overwhelmed about class disparities and climate change in my country. That movie was not a good example of climate action in the media. In order to make your target audience, such as passionate community members, one must hook them in with a captivating anecdote. This anecdote should empower them to think of ways to do environmental good.
Back it Up With Statistics (8)
While emotions harness the people’s climate activism needs, one can be reassured by cold, hard facts to back up the information they read. For example, Climate Ready Boston predicts sea levels will rise 9 inches between 2013 and 2030. Boston has also just experienced its first week-long heatwave ever. With swaths of this metropolitan area not shaded by trees and apartments not having cooling systems put in place, rising temperatures are causing issues throughout.
But the more numbers and facts we read, the more depressed and anxious we will feel. It is always good to disperse saddening statistics into a mixture of genuine and concrete solutions.