This article originally appeared May 10 in the Bennington Banner.
MONTPELIER — Who is most affected by climate change, and why? What can we expect in terms of health effects as the climate continues to change? And, what does this mean for Vermont’s future? These questions and more will be discussed at the annual meeting of the Vermont Public Health Association (VtPHA) at Montpelier’s Capitol Plaza Hotel May 30.
“When people think about climate change, it’s often in abstract ways; they think about shorelines or agriculture'” said Sally Kerschner, president of the VtPHA. “But climate change is personal because it will — indeed, already is — having an impact on individual health. That’s you and me, our neighbors, family and loved ones right here in Vermont.”
Research shows that climate also disproportionately affects different segments of the population, particularly the young, elderly, those with preexisting health conditions, and people who live or work in areas most exposed to the effects of climate change. This disparity is behind the concept of health equity. “Simple things we might not even think of, such as an elderly person having access to an air conditioner during a heat wave—this is how health equity and climate change intersect,” said Kerschner. “So, having these conversations is important for the health of all Vermonters.”
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