Climate change is not just happening in some far and distant place. It's happening now, right here in Arizona.
Today is the first-ever, nationwide Energy Efficiency Day! Help us spread the word on social media that energy efficiency is good for health.
This project is led by the Arizona Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility with the support of a coalition of co-sponsoring community and national organizations as well as local leaders. The purpose is to build new and fortify existing cross-cultural, community, and governmental partnerships to educate and engage community action to address the anticipated public health impacts of climate change in the Southwest.
While climate change is likely to cause extreme weather events in the future, prevention and preparation can help lessen the danger, and could even save your life and the lives of those around you. This guide from PSR Arizona provides citizens of Southern Arizona with a comprehensive list of resources to help prepare for and build resilience in the face of extreme climate emergencies. It also provides information on how to help reduce and help stop further climate change. In English and Spanish.
Extreme weather events in the Southwestern U.S. and adjacent Borderlands are on the rise and with them, higher incidences of health-related impacts such as heat stress, newly emerging infectious diseases, asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Moreover, as the “hottest, driest part of the United States,” our region is already experiencing longer and more intense heat waves and (the threat of wide scale power blackouts), a “dramatic spike” in forest fires, severe dust storms, and changes in the amount and timing of rainfall and seasonal snowmelt that threatens water resources and food security. While these events are alarming, communities in the Southwest are preparing for these risks and other impacts outlined in the new National Climate Assessment through planning and prevention strategies aimed at reducing our vulnerability to extreme weather and local climate impacts.