Members of vulnerable communities are fed up with the health system. In Alabama, it has become commonplace to find raw sewage engulfing a front lawn. It has also become predictable for lagoons and lakes to flood, which leads to sewage in living spaces. These tragedies are not just in Alabama, either. It happens all over our country, and community members want justice. At the Carter Center in Atlanta, the Climate and Health Meeting was held. Health professionals are asked to advocate by Gary Cohen, president of Health Care Without Harm. He urges all public health advocates to get everyone they know on board with the efforts to focus attention on climate health. He reminds the crowd as he presents that healthcare systems are some of the largest employers, and to take advantage of networking.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides necessary tools to support climate change, but officials suggest that advocating outside of the office will be the most effective way to make a real difference. It is vital to acknowledge the hardships that others are facing, even if they do not affect you directly. Speakers at this meeting suggest that officials must go into communities to learn and observe in order to ameliorate public health.
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