Climate change has become one of the most important topics in the news feeds in the past decade. Now everything has reversed, this week, The Lancet reported that people are not concerned about the climate change and also the effect of climatic changes in their personal lives and bodies.
Nowadays, people’s concern goes far beyond than the polar ice caps, but doctors in an international commission on health and climate found that the global warming has a large scale effect on human lives. The commission has also revealed that, even after heavily publicizing the issue, people aren’t noticing about the changes and not even thinking to fix them.
Hugh Montgomery, Ph.D., director of the University College London’s (UCL) Institute for Human Health and Performance (IHHP) and co-chair of the commission says,
“Climate change is a medical emergency and it thus demands an emergency response.”
Rest of the panel didn’t mince any words; fellow co-chairs mentioned that change in climate might reverse all the health gains in world’s economic development. This should be compared to the scale and importance of the effect to as same as HIV and tobacco awareness, both combined. In the meanwhile, the commission has identified the eight major ways of climatic changes and how it hurts the health of people right now.
Perry Sheffield, M.D., researcher and physician at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, said in a livestream press event,
“Many Americans think of climate change as something far out and distant. They don’t realize how much it impacts them personally already,”
Thanks to an increase in droughts, floods and storms, the panel warns the climate change issue might affect the people and there might even cause an increase in allergies, cardiovascular disease, malnutrition and other diseases such as respiratory diseases, infectious diseases and mental illness too.
Ian Hamilton, Ph.D., of the UCL Energy Institute and co-author of the paper published by the commission as,
“There are physiological limits to how much work we can do in heat, which would affect people who work outdoors, like farm or construction workers, “But heat stress would also affect elderly, low income, and other vulnerable people. There is a severe feeling of helplessness when put under a condition where a person loses their home or, worse, their family members due to catastrophic events—events that we expect to become more frequent if climate change is not addressed”
Most of the people in this globe think that, climatic changes are meant for catastrophic events like hurricanes and tornadoes. But, he mentioned that, the increase in heat in the year of 2003 results in a massive heatwave in Europe, which caused almost ten thousands of people die due to inefficient housing.
He also added that, heatwaves brings droughts in several areas and also kill food crops that cause illness, malnutrition and death for years. The study also provides most surprising information that, global warming also causes people’s mental health issues and increases risk of getting mental disorders such as depressions, post-traumatic disorders and so on.