Shining a Light on the Public Health Risks of Climate Change Bob Hinkle

April 4th, 2019

Low Carbon Economy

When we talk about climate change, we’re talking about many different things. There is, of course, the impact on the environment; there are also the business and financial ramifications. But ultimately it’s the risk to human life that this slow motion crisis is about.

It’s important to keep talking about the significance of climate change, and to keep working to fix the problem. This week is National Public Health Week, and today the spotlight is on climate change. In case people need reminding about the serious health risks posed by this crisis, according to the America Public Health Association (creator of NPH Week), climate change:

  • Is linked to more frequent and extreme natural disasters, such as hurricanes, flooding and drought;
  • Is expected to negatively impact food security, water and air quality; and
  • Exacerbates the risks of vector-borne diseases, such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease.

We are proud to work with customers and partners that share a commitment to creating a sustainable, low-carbon energy future. In 10 years of business, Metrus projects have saved more than one billion kWh of electricity, 830 million tons of CO2 and approximately 100,000 gallons of water. In the grand scheme of things that may be a drop in the ocean, but contributions big and small are what’s required of all of us. Just imagine a day when we didn’t need to recognize climate change during national public health week. That would be a day worth celebrating.