For Immediate Release: May 22, 2014
Trust for Americaís Health Statement on Climate Change, the Nationís Health and the MomentUs Leadership Summit
Washington, D.C., May 22, 2014 – Today, Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), joined more than 140 faith, business, health, education and community leaders to focus on climate change at the MomentUs Leadership Summit in Chicago.
The following is a statement from Levi, who is also chair of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health, on attending the Summit.
“We are pleased to be part of the MomentUs Leadership Summit. It’s important that we understand the stakes of not addressing climate change – not just for the health of the planet but for the health impact that it has on those of us living on it.
And the stakes couldn’t be higher. Communities across the United States are at risk for negative health effects associated with climate change. Urban communities face natural disasters, such as floods and heat waves. Rural communities may be threatened by food insecurity due to shifts in crop growing conditions, reduced water resources, heat and storm damage. Coastal and low-lying areas could see an increase in floods, hurricanes and tropical storms. Mountain regions are at risk of increasing heat and vector-borne diseases due to melting of mountain glaciers and changes in snow melt. And, communities around the country could experience a rise in new insect-based infectious diseases that used to only be affiliated with high temperature regions.
We look forward to working with all the partners involved in MomentUs to build on the momentum of the recent release of the National Climate Assessment, which represents the clearest and most striking call to action to-date. And, we hope that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will release proposed carbon pollution standards for existing power plants by the June 1 deadline and quickly finalize carbon pollution standards for new plants based on the proposed rulemaking that was conducted last year.”
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