The air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat all impact our health and well-being. Our interactions with the environment are complex and not always healthy – we come into contact with chemicals, microbes, and other physical forces like climate change on a daily basis.
Health departments across the country are committed to safeguarding the population by responding to emergencies created by climate change, educating and training various audiences, and developing new standards and guidelines for their communities.
On Earth Day: Local efforts are making a difference on climate change
We have a unique perspective and the community connections to play a significant role in helping our communities adapt to the effects of climate change while also fighting against its causes.