4/21/2021 Staff

Climate Change as a Local Public Health Problem

Common Hour -  Climate Change as a Local Public Health Problem

Alan Peterson
Physician and Emeritus Director, Community and Environmental Health, Lancaster General Hospital

The fact that climate change is happening and is caused by man is agreed to by 97% of climatologists. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) says we have about 10 years to make serious significant changes in our fossil fuel use or we may reach a "tipping point", such that it may become impossible to enjoy the earth as we know it today. Meanwhile, locally in Lancaster and the surrounding region, climate change has emerged as a prominent public health problem that tracks with inequality in our community, intensifying the effects of asthma, allergies, mold, heat and disaster illnesses, and other health issues that disproportionately fall upon the most socially marginalized. This talk will describe climate change from a public health perspective and offer specific, actionable solutions that we can all implement immediately.

This event was proposed by Eric Hirsch and is sponsored by the Department of Earth & Environment.

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, Common Hour in the Spring semester of 2021 will continue as a virtual event broadcast live via Zoom and YouTube on Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

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