What Does Climate Change Have to Do with YOUR Health?
The first Science Sunday presentation of 2019 will examine the effects of global climate change on human health.
The program will be held at the Salida Scout Hut 210 E. Sackett Ave., beginning at 10 a.m. Jan. 6. The doors will open at 9:30 a.m. so participants can have refreshments and be seated when the program begins promptly at 10 a.m.
“What Does Climate Change Have to Do with YOUR Health, will be presented by Dr. Cindy Parker.
This presentation will briefly review the science of climate change, including phenomena leading to “abrupt climate change,” which, she says, is what keeps the climate scientists awake at night.
Parker will discuss the many ways that climate change will likely affect your health, from direct effects such as heat waves, greater risk of infectious disease, more extreme weather events, and worsening air quality, to less direct but more worrisome effects such as ecosystem degradation and potential collapse, food and water shortages, and potential conflict.
The program will conclude with some ideas for individuals and communities to address these challenges and protect their own health.
Dr. Cindy Parker received her MD from the University of Arizona and her Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She practiced family medicine in the wilds of New Mexico and Alaska before joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering. She co-directs the Program on Global Sustainability and Health and the Global Environmental Sustainability and Health MPH concentration.
The program is free and will include a question and answer session to follow. Central Colorado Humanists sponsors the Sunday Science presentations on the first Sunday of each month. Admission is free while donations to defer costs are always welcome, and light refreshments will be provided