The terms “climate change” and “global warming” are often used interchangeably in literature; however, climate change means a change in the climate state of affairs that has been caused by both natural and man-made factors. On the other hand, global warming is something that is happening just because of our own activities on this planet. Climate change and its impact on health has been a hot topic of discussion in the world lately.
How can climate change affect us can be understood by studying its consequences on life and particularly health. Climate change due to human intervention in disturbing the energy balance of our planet is causing dire consequences. And this is not stopping or even getting slower with the passage of time. Some of the consequences of a raised sea level include flooding of wetlands, contamination of agricultural soils, pollution of aquifers, and vanished habitation for wildlife including fish, birds, and plants.
For a healthy environment, our main concern should be to mitigate the long-term risks of global warming by reducing emissions that are actually causing climate change. On an individual level, we can help by reducing our personal carbon emissions. Moreover, we should promote the use of renewable energy, such as solar panel systems for generating electricity for household use.
Another way to reduce carbon emissions is to increase fuel efficiency of the vehicles we drive on a regular basis. As a community, we should spread awareness among people to stop deforestation and in addition to this, we should all plant more trees around the residential areas.
A number of strategies have been devised by scientists the world over that address the issue of carbon release into the atmosphere where it contributes to a greenhouse effect. This basically means minimizing our dependence on hydrocarbons to alternative sources of fuel needed for the generation of electricity and production of fuel for transportation.
Although Earth will continue to stay warm for the next few decades despite our prevention strategies, the methods discussed above will somewhat ensure a decrease in rising sea levels all across the globe and minimize its dreadful consequences. There is a need to spread awareness among masses and especially educate healthcare practitioners so that they can contribute to a healthy environment and can learn about climate change and its impact on health.
The courses have been developed for exactly the same purpose and it is the responsibility of every nurse and doctor to clearly understand how these practices can be adopted in the healthcare sector for a greener tomorrow.