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A medical student’s voice on clean air

Posted by Sarab Sodhi on October 15, 2012

Many among us question the importance and relevance of the environment or believe it doesn't affect us. Dr. Lockwood's talk at Temple Medical School was an illuminating look into how directly we're affected by the things we ignore.

In the span of a fascinating 50 minutes, we were introduced to the science of climate change, the idea of (and the misnomer that is) clean coal and most interestingly the direct correlation between coal particles and human health. Living in a city with two coal plants in the vicinity and 78 in the state it hit home. I realize I’m exposed daily to harmful air pollutants as I run along the Schuylkill.

As a matter of public health, I began questioning the utility of those plants. Balancing it with the need for electricity, I questioned if there wasn't a better way.  At the end of the day, it is important to consider energy alternatives that are reasonable and safe and question our dependence on non renewable energy sources.

Sarab Sodhi is a second year medical student and is the chapter leader, for the Student PSR Chapter at Temple University. He organized a speaking event as part of PSR’s Health Voices for Clean Air campaign featuring Alan Lockwood, MD FAAN, on October 10, 2012.

Photograph by Michael Persico of the Schuylkill Banks. Photo featured at www.flyingkitemedia.com

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