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California and the US are increasingly beset by climate-fueled disasters like wildfires, extreme heat, and power blackouts. These events put additional stress on frayed hard and social infrastructure systems, and disproportionately impact working-class communities of color. To adapt to these changes, society must update our notion of disaster response to increase resilience in these systems before disasters strike. This report offers two models for this response: 1) building and normalizing resilience hubs where community members gather and organize both in good times and bad, and 2) increasing in-home resilience by recognizing homecare workers as effective agents for assisting vulnerable populations and bridging authorities and the frontlines. The report goes on to recommend specific ways to set up resilience hubs, train care workers, and develop forward-thinking emergency response plans to avert human disasters after natural disasters.
More than two-thirds of Americans (67%) are somewhat or extremely anxious about the impact of climate change on the planet, and more than half (55%*) are somewhat or extremely anxious about the impact of climate change on their own mental health, according to new poll from the American Psychiatric Association (APA).
Across generations, the majority of adults agree climate change is already impacting our health and mental health. Younger adults are more likely to be concerned about climate change on mental health than older adults: 67% of Gen Zers (18-23 years) and 63% of millennials (24-39 years) are somewhat or very concerned about the impact of climate change on their mental health compared to 42% of baby boomers (56-74 years) and 58% of Gen Xers (40-55 years).
The concern cuts across all races/ethnicities and gender. The majority of adults of all races/ethnicities (Hispanic/Latino, white, Black, Native American, Asian, and other) are somewhat or extremely anxious about the impact of climate change on the planet and on mental health. Men and women held similar levels of concern about the impacts of climate change.
Americans overwhelmingly support updating and strengthening the methane standards and regulations. Even after being shown balanced pro and con messaging, people support touger methane regulations by a nearly 5:1 margin. Curtailing leaks and releases of methane has broad support across all major demographics, including 2-to-1 support among Republicans.
Americans increasingly understand that climate change harms human health, according to recent survey data compared with responses to a similar survey from October 2014. When asked which specific harms to human health will become more common over the next 10 years, due to global warming, respondents' top impacts were: "Heat stroke caused by extreme heat waves" (57%); "Bodily harm from severe storms and/or hurricanes" (57%); "Asthma and/or other lung diseases" (54%); "Bodily harm from wildfires, including smoke inhalation" (54%); and "Diseases carried by insects (54%).
Pennsylvania statewide poll shows majorities of residents across parties support policies that protect clean air (81%) and support clean energy policies (63%).
Energy Infrastructure: Sources of Inequities and Policy Solutions for Improving Community Health and Wellbeing
In a new report produced with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Synapse Energy Economics, RAP and Community Action Partnership take an in-depth look at the disparate impacts of electric and natural gas infrastructure on economic, social, and health outcomes — and consider how to ensure that a clean-energy future is a more equitable future.
Many Americans are unable to name a specific health problem caused by air pollution from the use of fossil fuels, and many more Americans are unaware of the full array of serious health problems caused by air pollution from the use of fossil fuels. The results indicate that Americans are particularly unaware of neurological health problems caused by exposure to air pollution from the use of fossil fuels.
How Americans Respond to Information About Global Warming's Health Impacts: Evidence From a National Survey Experiment
Informing people about the health implications of global warming can increase public engagement with the issue and reduce differences in opinion across political lines, according to a "two-wave" survey experiment that provided respondents with information about the impact of climate change on helath and then followed up 2-3 weeks later. Researchers also found that people view certain health impacts from global warming differently from others. Notably, information about illnesses from contaminated food and water, and disease-carrying organisms were viewed as more worrisome and novel compared to other types of health impacts from global warming. ries and deaths from extreme weather, and asthma and other lung conditions exacer-bated by increased temperatures, decreased air quality, and longer allergy seasons. Some populations—espe-cially children, older adults, those suffering from chronic illness, and people who live in low-incomecommunities—are particularly at risk (U.S. Global Change Research Program, 2016).Despit
And The People Shall Lead: Centralizing Frontline Community Leadership in the Movement Towards a Sustainable Planet
Summarizes lessons learned and challenges to collaboration between traditional large environmental organizations and frontline or people of color led organizations. Draws on the conversation at the “Engaging Non-Traditional Groups in Coal Plant Retirement” session at the National Coal Plant Retirement Conference in Denver and co-facilitated by the Little Village Environmental Organization, American Lung Association, Sierra Club, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
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