Climate change exacerbates health inequities. Political, economic, social, and environmental resources enable people to cope with climate threats, such as extreme heat and natural disasters, but difficulty in accessing these can contribute to a potentially unmanageable energy burden as climate change worsens. Alongside community leaders, public health professionals have a role to play in monitoring, evaluating, and supporting a transition to a healthier energy supply. A thoughtful energy transition provides opportunities for mitigating climate change and promoting health equity at the same time.
This resource from the American Public Health Association (APHA) describes what an energy-just future could look like and steps public health professionals can take to advance energy justice.
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