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Author

Rutgers Climate Institute

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Biology, Justice, Health, Social-Emotional Learning

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey

Format

YouTube Video

What Are the Implications of Climate Change for Public Health?

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  • This video describes how increasing temperatures and heavier rains are connected to numerous health risks, including making it more difficult to access care. 
  • The potential physical and mental impacts are detailed, with special emphasis given to the most vulnerable groups, including the elderly, young children, and those with chronic health conditions. 

Positives

  • The video includes the mental health concerns (like stress and depression) associated with navigating extreme weather events.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Although the video was created with New Jersey in mind, the content applies generally to the United States and any location experiencing increasing temperatures and heavier rainfall.
  • Students will get the most out of this video if they are already familiar with how climate change is increasing temperatures and changing rainfall patterns.

Differentiation

  • This resource could be incorporated into science lessons related to the impacts of climate change, the effects of changing precipitation patterns, and the spread of human diseases.
  • Health classes could use this video when discussing health conditions like asthma, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, and water-borne and vector-borne illnesses.
  • Because this resource includes mental health effects, it connects well to social-emotional learning, and could be used to start a conversation about the stress or anxiety that learning about and experiencing climate change may cause.
  • Other resources related to the health effects of climate change include the ebook The Climate Crisis and Your Health, the library of images Health, the article American Lung Association | Protect Yourself and Your Community, and the scientific paper Understanding the Health Harms of Climate Change: A Six Americas Analysis.
The video underscores the impact of climate change on public health in New Jersey. It articulates how extreme heat would increase health conditions such as asthma, cardiovascular diseases, water-borne diseases, etc. It calls for the government to improve health services as climate change could cause further stress on mental health of New Jersey residents, especially the home-bound elderly. This is recommended for teaching.

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

  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
  • Science
    • LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
      • MS-LS1-5. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-5. Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth’s systems.
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