Resolution on Public Health and Climate Change

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WHEREAS, there is scientific evidence showing the earth’s atmospheric composition is changing, and as a result, the climate is changing;

WHEREAS, there may be climate change effects which could include heat waves, heavy precipitation events, air pollution, more variable weather, flooding, droughts and sea level rise;

WHEREAS, the effects of climate change may impact geographic regions, communities and neighborhoods differently;

WHEREAS, climate change may result in potential health impacts. These effects could be related to heat waves, injuries and death from catastrophic events, increased respiratory diseases from allergies and asthma, and increased risk of water-borne, food-borne and vector-borne disease;

WHEREAS, there are vulnerable populations which may be at greater risk for health consequences from climate change including the elderly, children, people of low socioeconomic status, racial minorities, people with some pre-existing health conditions and coastal area residents;

WHEREAS, health risks resulting from climate change can be mitigated through public health action taken at the federal, state, and local levels, and through collaboration with partners;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that due to the potentially serious health impacts of climate change, The Council of State Governments urges state and local policymakers to consider policies and programs that support public health actions to prepare for and address health risks related to climate change.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments urges state and local policymakers to consider and adopt policies and programs that address the public health effects of climate change on vulnerable populations.

Adopted this 14th Day of November, 2007 at the CSG Annual State Trends and Leadership Forum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma