Top Stories of 2019: Climate and Our Kids’ Health
In 2019 one of the most jarring stories we covered was about how much climate change is affecting the health of our children. The Lancet’s startling conclusion was that a child born today will experience a world that is more than 4˚C warmer by the time they turn 71 years old, which will threaten their health at every stage of their life.
According to Nick Watts, executive director of the Lancet’s Countdown,“We have no idea what that looks like from a public health perspective, but we know it is catastrophic. We know that it has the potential to undermine the last 50 years of gains in public health and overwhelm the health systems we rely on.”
Additionally, according to another recent study published in Nature Climate Change, rising temperatures may have a direct impact on human gestational time, increasing the risk of early delivery.
Why This Matters: A warming planet is affecting the most vulnerable members of our society and putting their health in jeopardy in ways that we’re only beginning to understand. If that isn’t a wakeup call for drastic climate action in 2020 then what is?