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Climate change is happening and it can worsen health.
Automobiles, for example, impact the climate by contributing to extreme heat, poor air quality, and health issues like asthma. Extreme weather conditions can damage transportation networks, limiting access to education, employment, or healthcare, and can lead to spikes in gasoline prices.
Vulnerable populations—Latinos, low-income communities, the elderly, children, and people with chronic illnesses—are less able to adapt to or recover from these climate change impacts, increasing their risk for heart disease, diabetes, heat stroke, asthma, stress, anxiety and depression.
Clean transportation and healthy community design can ease the negative health impacts of climate change and have the potential to reduce obesity, heart disease, diabetes, traffic injuries and crime.
Let’s use #SaludTues on April 17, 2018, to tweet about climate change and how transportation, planning, and public health sectors can work together toward clean transportation and healthy community design for Latinos and all people.
- WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Climate Changes Health: Transportation & Community Design”
- TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. EST Tuesday, April 17, 2018
- WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
- HOST: @SaludAmerica
- CO-HOSTS: American Public Health Association (@PublicHealth) and Mobility Lab (@MobilityLabTeam)
- OPTIONAL HASHTAGS: #ClimateChangesHealth #ActOnClimate
We’ll open the floor to research, resources and your experiences as we explore:
- How transportation and community design are connected to public health and climate change;
- Why vulnerable populations are at greater risk for climate change impacts and health disparities; and
- How to engage diverse community partners and policy makers to incorporate health and climate considerations into transportation and community design decisions.
Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter and share stories and resources to help Latinos and all people live healthy and reduce climate change impacts.
Click here to learn about the Salud America! #SaludTues tweetchats, see upcoming and past tweetchats, and see how you can get involved.