Not long ago, President Obama himself was talking about climate change as being one of the most important threats to the U.S.A. and the world.
What is most worrying is that people do not seem to care too much about it. However, doctors warn that climate change might have very bad consequences on our health, even if we don’t realize it.
The extreme weather conditions that can lead to drought, followed by heavy rainfall, might make food scarcer and our bodies less resistant to the great amounts of pollution that our planet is constantly exposed to.
“Climate change is a medical emergency and it thus demands an emergency response,” said Dr. Hugh Montgomery, who is also the director of University College London’s Institute for Human Health and Performance.
Even if there has been so much advancement in medicine, the authors of the study are stating that the accelerated climate change might cancel five decades of gains in this field.
Therefore, it is important that the matter becomes a priority on politicians’ list of goals for the following years:
“In essence, whether we respond to the biggest global health threat of the 21st century is no longer a technical or economic question, it is political,” the authors of the research carried out at University College London said.
Many other medical experts supported this theory in an international meeting on health and climate where such matters were discussed.
They believe many people chose to think that climate change is something that belongs to the distant future and not necessarily an issue that affects them now, wherever they go. The painful truth is that they cannot avoid it and they cannot hide from it.
People working outdoors will be affected by extreme weather conditions up to the point when they will not be able to go on. Moreover, the psychological stress will continue to be unbearable for those who lose their homes, belongings or the loved ones to floods or other natural disasters. We need to be prepared because these events will become more and more frequent in time, according to Dr. Ian Hamilton from the UCL Energy Institute.
The only salvation is to come up with solutions and actually put them into practice. Simply talking about problems is not going to do anything for the environment or for our health. Therefore, it is time to take matters into our own hands and start thinking more about renewable energies, using the bike instead of cars, recycling, saving water in order to reduce pollution as much as possible.
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