The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) was honored to be one of nine recipients of the Climate Leadership Award (https://ecoamerica.org/nine-organizations-receive-climate -leadership-awards-at-acls19/) presented by ecoAmerica at the American Climate Leadership Summit 2019 in Washington, DC, May 1-2. The other honorees included the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church-Western Episcopal District, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, American Public Health Association, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Climate Resolve, Physicians for Social Responsibility, United Church of Christ, and a multi-stakeholder effort with Salt Lake City, Park City, Summit County, Utah Climate Action Network, and Utah Clean Energy.
The award recognizes NEHAs commitment to work towards 100% clean energy by 2030, which was formalized in a declaration issued by NEHA in November 2018. The declaration is included below and can be viewed online at https://neha.org/sites/default/ files/publications/position-papers/NEHA-Clean-Energy-By2030-Declaration_0.pdf.
NEHA is grateful to ecoAmerica for the award and recognition.
NEHA Declaration on 100% Clean Energy by 2030
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) recognizes climate change as a worldwide environmental health challenge that detrimentally affects the health and safety of individuals and communities. Climate change alters our environmental health--the quality of air, food, and water in the communities where we live, work, and play. Environmental health professionals improve and protect the public's health and create and sustain healthy communities. Our responsibility is to build the capacity of environmental health professionals to address the health effects of climate change. We define climate change as any significant change in climate trends and measures lasting for an extended period of time, such as changes in temperature, precipitation, or wind patterns. Climate change poses an increased risk in changing sea levels, water temperatures, and water chemistry; coastal flooding and erosion; the expansion of the range of disease vectors; the geographic spread of tropical diseases to new areas; and prolonged droughts with associated effects on crops, water resources, and wildfires.
We are compelled to act because carbon pollution is warming our planet and profoundly affecting the U.S. and the world. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the surface...