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The Climate Crisis and Your Health

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  • This e-book explains how the climate crisis impacts people's health.
  • Students will learn how children's health, food and water security, and mental health have been affected by climate change.
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  • This e-book covers many different aspects of health including, vector-borne diseases, nutrient deficiency, and mental health.
  • Students may be surprised to find out how many health problems are connected to climate change.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The first link on page 3 and the second link on page 21 do not work.
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  • Students can read about their topic and explore the links embedded in the e-book. Then students can share what they have learned with the entire class.
  • Teachers can assign groups of students to cover one or more of the following topics:

                    1. Children - general (pp. 4-5)

                    2. Children - natural disasters and mental health (pp. 5, 11-12)

                    3. Children - malnutrition (p. 6)

                    4. Children and adults - elevated risk of disease (pp. 6-8)

                    5. Environmental pollution and neurological problems (pp. 9-10)

                    6. Food and water security (p. 13)

                    7. Shifting bread baskets (pp. 13-14)

                    8. Fresh water and the climate crisis (p. 15)

                    9. Lower crop yields, rising prices, and unrest (pp. 16-17)

                   10. Nutrient deficiency (p. 18)

                   11. The health care cost of climate change (pp. 19-20)

                   12. Mental health (p. 21)

  • Other resources on this topic include this video that shows how fossil fuel pollution affects people's health and this video on the high rate of climate change-related health risks for poor people.
Scientist Notes
This e-book underscores the impact of climate change on human health. It contains evidence and scientific facts on mitigating climate crisis. The climate crisis and health e-book contains basic steps and data to enable students to ask relevant questions and solve health and climate crises in their local communities and cities.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
      • HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
  • Comprehensive Health & Physical Education
    • Personal and Mental Health
      • 2.1.12.CHSS.7: Describe how individuals and local, state, and global advocacy organizations can collaborate to address common local and global health and social issues (e.g., hunger, clean water, organ/tissue donation).
      • 2.1.12.CHSS.8: Investigate how local, state, and global agencies are addressing health issues caused by climate change and share this information in an appropriate setting.
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