Climate Change & Public Health

There is a strong consensus among climate scientists that the Earth is undergoing rapid, global climate change and that the burning of fossil fuels is the leading cause. Human health is strongly linked to the health of the Earth and climate change damages human health in both direct and indirect ways. It is imperative that we recognize how our actions are affecting our own health and the health of future generations.

The following is a list of ten public health concerns related to climate change:

  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cancer
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Mental Health
  • Increased Temperature
  • Birth defect and reproductive disorder
  • Ref: British Medical Bulletin, Vol-68, Issue-1

While this list is not exhaustive, it provides evidence of the significant health effects resulting from climate change. We must act quickly to protect our health and the health of future generations from the damaging effects of climate change.