Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 24, 2013
Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) is announcing its first-ever Climate Change and Health Contest for Nurses. The contest, which offers a $10,000 grand prize, and an opportunity to present at the annual CleanMed conference, is intended to help encourage nurses to play an active role in mitigating the health threats of climate change through local and national projects.
The World Health Organization has called climate change “the biggest global health threat of the 21st century.” Nurses are at the front lines of managing health effects of climate change, such as acute asthma attacks, encroaching infectious diseases such as Lyme Disease and Dengue Fever, heat strokes, and injuries from severe weather events. Many nurses have taken on climate change in an activist role in their professions and their communities because they have seen these effects.
“As trusted health professionals, nurses can make a difference in how communities, health systems, and governments react to climate change,” said Eric Lerner, director of the HCWH Climate program. “Nurses can help communities address and prepare for the health threats associated with climate change, and can help influence public policies that address related issues, such as carbon pollution, and the development of alternative energies.”
“Many nurses are engaged in climate change activities ranging from bike rides to raise awareness to testimony before state legislatures and utility boards,” stated Mary Margaret Tho
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