This April, as part of the month of Planet Earth, we ask this question: How does climate change affect our health? We hope that the introduction of more environmental issues and the maintenance of the discourse on sustainability will lead to the introduction of more and more habits that can lead to a greener future.
In recent years, we have witnessed several natural disasters. Many have questioned whether climate change is affecting extreme weather conditions. And do extreme weather conditions affect our health?
How climate change affects our health
Scientists have shown that certain heat waves, floods and droughts have a direct link to human-induced climate change. The increase in global average temperature increases the intensity, but also the duration of the extreme changes in weather conditions.
For the portal Mind Body GreenMeteorologist Bonnie Schneider explains that climate change is just one of the causes of changes in people’s mental and physical condition. Other reasons there is also a higher exposure to diseases caused by high temperatures and a higher exposure to allergens. In addition, the risk of transmitting infectious diseases has increased.
Researchers have found that the allergy season lasts 20 days longer than a decade ago. And pollen is not the only factor that causes allergy symptoms.
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Forest fires, which proliferate and spread faster, emit particles that are four times smaller than pollen or dust. And these particles enter the lungs and bloodstream, increasing the risk of heart and lung disease, as well as diabetes.
Research Center Study Cardiovascular research technology Since 2018, they have seen an increased risk of heart attacks the day after a forest fire. Some people think so breathing that smoke as well as smoking seven cigarettes a day, says Bonnie Schneider.
Warmer planets also bring longer heat waves in the summer. For those living in cities, temperatures can vary 6 to 12 degrees more than in rural areas. Heat-related health problems are getting worse as a result of climate change. By 2030, people will experience four to eight times more than they do today with temperatures above 35 degrees on summer days.
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Climate change and mental health
Thinking about nature’s extreme warnings worries many. And with those eco-anxiety (a term defined as a chronic fear of the fall of the planet), seeing images and reports of any natural disaster can lead to panic attacks. A recent global survey shows that 56% of young people believe that “humanity is doomed”.
Mental health experts say yes spending time in nature (walking, gardening, participation ecological activities) can help to combat eco-anxiety. When such activities are carried out in society, it has additional benefits.
Scientific research indicates this cultivating mindfulness and meditation can also be helpful for people who suffer from this type of anxiety.
Conclusion it is that climate change affects each of us individually (body, mind and spirit) as well as at the global level of humanity. It is not too late to take measures to reduce climate change and thus optimize the health and well-being of each of us individually.
Start with yourself. Already today.
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