Friday, July 23, 2010

When Climate Change Becomes a Health Issue, Are People More Likely to act and Listen?

So I posted this question  on my facebook wall and ask" Folks what do you think? This were the comments and contributions:( Me, Akinfenwa Akintola, Adewole Taiwo, Tijah Bolton-Akpan and 2 others like this on my facebook wall.)

@Esther: -Framing climate change as a public health problem seems to make the issue more relevant, significant and understandable to members of the public -- even some who don't generally believe climate change is happening, according to preliminary research by George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication (4C). What do you say folks?

@Olumide Idowu: Yes dear, I saw a leaflet in one of your office. The one upstairs talking about Climate Change and our Health. Pls Pick one and read. How u doing?

@Esther: @olu..yes I have already, I want to know what you think critically

Hafiz Afolabi Salaam: This is getting interesting. I used to have this notion that climate change was discussed at UN meetings and Developed naions. Discussing it 9ja is nice but what can be taken to tackle it. I believe taking it from here will be better.Then from the action more people will buy into it

@Esther:@Afolabi..Climate change is a global issue but requires both global and local action. As young people, we need to get informed about the causes, impact and how to adapt to the effect. we also need to change our lifestyles towards a sustainable one. Reuse, reduce and recycle..isnt that simple enough? let hear your thought!

Olumide Idowu Emmanuel:This is becoming interesting. Esther we are already in a dialogue table now. I think our event will give an oversight to the issue itself. What do u think?

Grace Mwaura: @ Esther, climate change is a Health issue, especially in Africa as we talk about the 2nd most dangerous disease Malaria, whose prevalence has increased with the increase in temperatures. In Africa, climate change also links with food security which is a major factor when you talk about the health of a country. I am currently working on a healthy ... See Morelearning programme in primary schools in dry lands of Kenya and these are challenges i encounter everyday. Whereas the layman may not directly link his/her health status to climate change, we the climate change experts should be able to derive this from our research work, our daily encounters and address the issues amicably. Its a fact, and people will listen: When you talk of Health: Nutrition and temperate diseases. BEST!

UnyimeAbasi Essien:We can take simple steps, like tree planting - to mitigate effects of climate change in our immediate environment and create awareness to people in local areas on the effect of climate change, which ongoing unnoticed
Grace Mwaura: @ Unyime, Very true: But look at a case where local communities do this for years and years, but still at the government level, we lack the political will and capacity to have proper strategies put in place to respond to climate change. And so we end up having endless dirty industries that continue to emit, our transport systems still use fossil ... See Morefuels,and our energy sector is still dependent on fossils and hydro power.Where the government fails to control industrial development and provide basic amenities to citizens especially the 'vulnerable' so that they are able to respond to the CC impacts. Especially in Africa, i find the efforts of both the communities and government equally important and complementing each other.
Firstly, i do think we need to invest much more as a continent in the Education, and Healthy Systems so that the population has enough capacity, knowledge and skills to respond to climate change: EDUCATION is key to solving health and climate change issues.
Hafiz Afolabi Salaam: No matter what we discuss government buy in is very key.We need to make sure government partake in this cause. Also our livestyles as youths and individuals go along way too. What do we do with usd items do we just throw it outside ( afterall its the cleaner or street sweeper job to clean the environment! Hell NO!). So our lifetsyle to wate ... See Moremangement is what I woul want us to emphasize so that we can take it from there because this has to do with us directly first before we can then tell the government to put stern policies to curb this. Good discussion Esther keep it up.
Esther Agbarakwe: @ Grace, EDUCATION IS KEY..I agree. Yesterday at a Post COP15 Workshop on Gender and Climate Change, I saw really lack of knowledge and capacity even among the "elders' at all for young people, we must continue our PEER EDUCATION using what ever platform and learning from success stories-Kenya. this is what NYCC is doing.
Esther Agbarakwe: @Afolabi..We're blessed to have access to technology and platform like FB and we must use it wisely...educate, advocate and lead by example. at home we must reduce, and reuse and try to recycle (it very possible) then then other will see and get informed and inspired.IT START WITH ONE!
Chike Igweobi:May I throw in my thoughts!
@Esther: This an important topic and I am happy you're really taking the lead on peer education around debates like this one. And yes, people are already listening because the tie between climate change and health problems are becoming clearer with each passing day.
@Grace: I would agree with you that there's a strong co... See More-relation between Climate Change, and Community/Public Health. Many researchers have tied environmental dynamics of recent times with health problems. In fact, climate change has become an important topic in Health Disparity!
Changing climate, and particularly increase in tropical temperatures, all have been found to support the replication of parasitic organism leading to more infections. Again, drop in annual rain-fall leading to drought has also been tied to reduction in crop production....which of course is directly related to malnutrition.
So, all of these issues are intertwined. 
Hafiz Afolabi Salaam:I will like this discussion to go towards what we can do as youths in the short time like within months then in the next year so that we can create a new map for climate change in Nigeria. For me I still stick to educating youths on the effects of polluting the environment o their health and lifetsyles as a short time measure to curb the effects of... See More climate change.Taking example from lagos if everyone dispose their wastes very well I am sure the issue of flodding be will be half solved because you notice that most drains in lagos when cleared is always filled with debries that people put in there. So lets here more 
thoughts on this
Esther Agbarakwe: @Afrolabi..I support PEER EDUCATION for now as we need to get more youths informed and inspired. It start with you and I.
Hafiz Afolabi Salaam:I am glad this is all tending to a conclusion. Now we should all start breaking the pipeline if there is any that may aid peer education towards a better and friendly environmet where health and well being will be guranteed.The first issue I would want discussed is attitudinal change. We need to start craving for a better environment through all our activities anywhere we found ourself. I support reuse and recyle!What about you?
Adegbite Oluwadara:the cost of ignoring climate change has been estimated at more than that of the two world wars and the great depression. Before the late 1800's, average surface temperature was almost 15'C. But, it's frightening to note that over the past hundred years, this temperature has risen by about 0.7'C with the most increase occurring since 1970's. Also, ... See Morethe area of the world stricken by drought has doubled between 1970 and the early 2000s. In Africa, fertile land is already turning to desert. By 2020, climate change is predicted to reduce some African farming harvest by 50 percent. In years to come, unpredictable rainfall, together with rising sea levels and higher sea temperatures will lead to more frequent storms, floods and droughts. there is no better time to rise to the task of combating climate change than NOW!!!
Emmanuel Odiase:Preach it, lets see what it 
Felix Ukam Ngwu:You cannot isolate the two. Our health and well being depend on our environment. Whether we are healthy or not depends on this current realities. The implication of climate change on health should therefore be taken very seriously.
Grace Mwaura: @ ALL! Fanstastic and Great contributions! I am, happy to read of what has been happening in Nigeria. What else after Education, attituge change. ACTION. Its time for African youth to arise to action. I like the suggestion of developing short term and long terms solutions to this.
(Will blog this conversation! Its so interesting!)
Esther Agbarakwe: @Grace..bloging? you just read my mind. @ALL Meanwhile we have a book project that NYCC is working on. We will share more info on the NYCC Page., ATTITUDE CHANGE AND ACTION!!!!

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