We already know that climate change is the single greatest threat to our planet. Not only is it impacting the environment in ways that are beyond repair, but it also affects communities and businesses. One thing many people don’t realise is that climate change is also damaging the public’s health.
Climate change has intensified over the past few decades and is impacting vulnerable populations, the weather, the environment, the quality of the air we breathe, food and water supplies. The changes to the climate, from extreme heat to disastrous weather like floods, hurricanes, and storms, are destroying homes and causing illness.
Air pollution leads to respiratory health problems and decreased water quality can lead to water-borne infectious diseases and malnutrition amongst other health issues. Mental illnesses are also a climate-sensitive health risk.
These issues are especially felt by the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. This includes women, children, ethnic minorities, poorer countries and communities, older populations and people who suffer from underlying health conditions.
The use of many household products which contain harmful chemicals, pollutants and toxins, thus contributing to poor indoor air quality. A study that looked at the long-term exposure of air pollution indicated that the risk of death was higher than the death rates from Covid-19. The pandemic has proven to the world that we aren’t prepared for worldwide disasters, whether it’s a virus or global warming. It has even been suggested that climate change has influenced the spread of the virus in more polluted areas.
In terms of diet and food, global food systems, such as agriculture, produce between 20 and 30 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Poor diet is leading to diseases and illnesses like diabetes, obesity, and malnutrition.
Energy production is another leading cause of climate change and one of the greatest health risks. Energy systems are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, responsible for three-quarters of the Earth’s global emissions. Fossil fuels damage the air we breathe and can result in adult deaths through causes such as strokes, heart attacks, lung cancer and other respiratory illnesses.
Transport plays a vital role in society. However, trains, cars, aeroplanes and other vehicles contribute to air pollution, injuries, physical inactivity and more.
With all these devastating effects on our health and the things we rely on the most, what can we do to save the climate and public health?
Businesses need to understand the connections between climate and public health and invest in sustainable initiatives to protect their staff, customers, and communities. Many businesses are already working toward a greener future and implementing sustainable practices.
If you’re a member of the public whose health has been affected by climate change, or if you have concerns that the exposure will eventually impact your health, there are many preventative methods you can take.
As we mentioned in our previous blog, measuring and improving indoor air quality is crucial. Indoor pollutants are 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor, so whether you’re at home, the gym or the office, you may not be as safe as you think.
BSG Group of Companies has a range of products designed to eliminate harmful chemicals, pollutants, viruses and more, for homes and businesses across the globe. BSG products are specifically designed for air conditioning systems, the foodservice industry, and general hygiene for domestic and commercial purposes. Some of the bestselling solutions include: