CLIMATE CHANGE: PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN

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This is a presentation for women in developed countries about how climate change threatens the health of their children and grandchildren and what they can do about it.

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CLIMATE CHANGE: PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN

  1. 1. CLIMATE CHANGE PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN
  2. 2. MULTIPLE POINTS OF IMPACT  Before conception  Pregnancy  Infancy  Child/Teen/Adult
  3. 3. BEFORE CONCEPTION What is stored in our bodies  Build up in body  Stored in Fat  Cross Placenta  Enter Breast Milk
  4. 4. PREGNANCY  Cross Placenta and Harm Fetus  Affect Delivery of Nutrients or Oxygen from Mother to Fetus  Cause Miscarriage
  5. 5. INFANCY AND CHILDHOOD  Retard Growth  Prevent Normal Development − Brain − Lungs − Immune System  Extreme Conditions  Infections
  6. 6. TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS  Heat Stroke  Obesity  Diabetes  Liver Disease  High Blood Pressure
  7. 7. BEFORE CONCEPTION What is stored in our bodies  DIOXINS  PCBs  LEAD  MERCURY
  8. 8. PERSISTENT ORGANIC POLLUTANTS ENDOCRINE DISRUPTERS BABY Low birthweight Brain Damage Chromosome Damage (childhood cancer?) MOTHER Cancer Thyroid Disease Diabetes Heart Disease
  9. 9. DIOXINS and Wildfires Smoke from Idaho Fires 2013
  10. 10. DIOXINS and Heavy Rainfall 80% of dioxins entering SF Bay from storm runoff
  11. 11. Poly Chlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) Warming Moves Them North Vaporize in Warm Air Condense in Cold Air
  12. 12. HEAVY METALS Lead: Hot + Dry = DUST Tons of Lead Deposited In US Urban Areas 1950s-1980s Blood Levels Air Levels
  13. 13. Mercury: HEAVY RAIN carries it from land to fish to people River Miles Under Fish Advisory 1993-2011
  14. 14. Toxic Body Burden US Women of Childbearing Age
  15. 15. PREGNANCY  WILDFIRE SMOKE  NITRATES/ARSENIC  FUNGUS and ALGAE TOXINS  HEAT WAVES
  16. 16. WILDFIRE SMOKE: Lower Birth Weight Impaired Lung Development Decreased Immunity Asthma Flare-Ups
  17. 17. Drought and Nitrates Stillbirth Miscarriage Birth Defects
  18. 18. NITRATES: Blue Baby Syndrome Methemoglobinemia
  19. 19. Arsenic Low Birth Weight Neonatal Infections Abnormal Gene Expression IA WELLS OVER EPA STANDARD Rahman M, 2013 Childhood Survival and Drinking Water Arsenic Levels
  20. 20. Carcinogenic Hepatotoxic Teratogenic Immunosuppressive  Concentrated by Placenta (x6)  Transmitted in Breast Milk AFLATOXIN
  21. 21. AFLATOXIN in the US 2012
  22. 22. ALGAE BLOOMS AND TOXINS California 2012
  23. 23. Blue Green Algae Toxins
  24. 24. Decomposed Algae + Chlorine = “Disinfection Byproducts” in Drinking Water TRIHALOMETHANE DIBROMOCHLOROMETHANE  Low Birth Weight  Birth Defects  Spontaneous Abortions
  25. 25. Increased Temperatures and Preterm Births
  26. 26. HEAT AND DROUGHT INCREASE VIOLENCE at ALL LEVELS of SOCIETY
  27. 27. INFANCY AND CHILDHOOD  OZONE  MOLD  POLLEN  LEAD  INFECTIONS  EXTREME HEAT
  28. 28. Ozone Causes and Worsens Asthma Thurston GD Am J Respir Crit Care Med RMcConnell Lancet.304):386-91. February 1, 1997 vol. 155 no. 2654-660 InhalerUse 3 Sports = Triple Risk for Asthma Ozone ppb Acute exposure increases bronchodilator use
  29. 29. Mold exposure doubles asthma risk, increases ER visits & hospitalizations
  30. 30. Ziska, L. H. and F. A. Caulfield. Australian Journal of Plant Physiology, 2000. 27: 893− 898. Pollen Higher Counts Longer Season
  31. 31. US Childhood Asthma Rates Tripled 1960-2009 L Akinbami, 2009 National Center for Health Statistics
  32. 32. Child Blood Lead
  33. 33. Gastroenteritis and Rainfall Combined Sewer Overflow Pediatric ER GE Visits P. Drayna et al, Environ Health Perspect. 2010 October; 118(10): 1439–1443.
  34. 34. AMOEBIC MENINGOENCEPHALITIS
  35. 35. VEHICULAR HEAT STROKE 40 heat deaths per year
  36. 36. TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS  Heat Illness  Air Pollution  Physical Inactivity  Unhealthy Diet
  37. 37. HEAT STROKE
  38. 38. AIR POLLUTION FROM FOSSIL FUEL: ASTHMA, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, VASCULAR DISEASE, CANCER
  39. 39. UNHEALTHY DIET FROM INDUSTRIAL AGRICULTURE OBESITY, DIABETES, HEART DISEASE, CANCER
  40. 40. HEART DISEASE, OBESITY, DIABETES; CANCERS: PROSTATE, COLON, UTERUS, RECURRENT BREAST ONE THIRD CAUSED BY PHYSICAL INACTIVITY INACTIVE LIFESTYLE: MOTOR VEHICLE DEPENDENCE
  41. 41. IPCC 2014 OUR CHOICE OF FUTURES
  42. 42. + 2-3 DEGREES BY 2030 + 4-6 DEGREES BY 2050 +7-12 DEGREES
  43. 43. MOST VULNERABLE ADULTS 2030 2 in 5 OBESE CV DISEASE 1 in 5 DIABETES 2050 1 in 2 OBESE AND CV DISEASE, 1 in 3 DIABETES
  44. 44. We Can't Adapt Enough Increased Heat Increased Rain and Floods Increased Fires Increased Rain/Floods
  45. 45. CARBON DIOXIDE IS (pretty much)FOREVER. 70%Hundreds 10% Thousands20% Tens of Thousands YEARS TO REMOVE FROM ATMOSPHERE
  46. 46. A Healthy Prescription For Climate Action
  47. 47. LOW CARB(ON) DIET IN HALF BY 2030 IN HALF AGAIN BY 2050 HOW MUCH? HOW FAST?
  48. 48. IOWA can be 100% CLEAN POWER by 2050
  49. 49. CLEAN POWERED IOWA will be SAFER and CHEAPER
  50. 50. HOW ?
  51. 51. LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD STOP FOSSIL FUEL SUBSIDIES MAKE CARBON POLLUTERS PAY
  52. 52. CHANGE OUR STRATEGY from “ALL OF THE ABOVE” to “LEAVE IT ALL BELOW” PIPELINE SPILL NORTH DAKOTA FARM LAC MEGANTIC QUEBEC
  53. 53. STOP WASTING ENERGY
  54. 54. 20,000 Heart Attacks PREVENTED 23,000 Deaths each year SAVED: OVER 100 BILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR
  55. 55. GET CITY FOLKS OUT OF THEIR CARS SMART GROWTH BIKEWAYS AND WALKWAYS BETTER PUBLIC TRANSIT
  56. 56. 10,000 colon cancers 215,000 heart attacks PREVENTED 570,000 new diabetes cases each year ANNUAL SAVINGS SF AREA $1.4-22 BILLION/YEAR
  57. 57. HEALTHY FARMS & HEALTHY FOODS END FOOD WASTE REWARD HEALTHY FARMING PROMOTE LOCAL FOOD
  58. 58. 300,000 Heart Attacks/Strokes PREVENTED 260,000 New Diabetes Cases each year 144,000 Cancer Deaths
  59. 59. AMERICANS WANT CLIMATE ACTION (Clean Air, Liveable Cities, Affordable Healthy Food)
  60. 60. A healthy high quality future is still within reach* *ACT NOW, we're almost out of time.
  61. 61. HEALTHY PEOPLE = HEALTHY PLANET www.climate911.org

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