We know that climate change is a public health crisis that threatens our members and our communities. In fact, the World Health Organization has called climate change the single biggest threat to global public health.
It is our collective moral obligation to protect the health of our communities and support the vulnerable populations who are most impacted by climate change. Greg A. Adams, Kaiser Permanente chair and chief executive officer
“As a health care organization, we see the negative impacts,” said Greg A. Adams, Kaiser Permanente’s chair and chief executive officer. “It is our collective moral obligation to reduce our own emissions, protect the health of our communities, and support the vulnerable populations who are most impacted by climate change.”
Scientific studies show that extreme climate events are likely becoming more frequent and intense because of climate change. These events can have immediate and long-term effects on physical and mental health. They can also increase other environmental health harms, like increased exposure to mold, toxic chemicals, and air pollution.
Children, older adults, pregnant people, low-income households, people who work outdoors, and communities of color feel the worst effects of climate change.
It’s important to understand the health issues you may experience as a result of extreme climate events. Learn what to look out for and ways to keep you and your family safe.