While climate change has been on the political agenda for some time, there are tangible signs that it is starting to impact upon the health of the world’s population. We are seeing extreme weather conditions; we are seeing increased sufferers of asthma (and similar breathing conditions) as well as an increase in ill health amongst the older of society. So what is going on?
The main impact upon health from climate change is the increase in general temperatures around the world and the affect this is having on those who suffer from conditions such as high blood pressure, hyper tension and cardiovascular disease. These are all conditions which are impacted upon by increased temperatures, which bring on stress and dehydration to name but a few common issues. Then we are also seeing the impact upon the food chain…..
While areas such as Africa have always had to contend with high temperate, difficult conditions and little rain fall, the situation is a whole lot worse of late. Crops are failing, disease is rife and we are seeing more and more people dying from what are simple, curable diseases. The lack of predictable rainfall around the globe is also impacting upon the food chain for the developed nations of the world, with food prices moving higher because of shortages, people going hungry and cases of ill health on the increase.
The politicians seem to consider climate change as some kind of political football, with more and more money being pledged to the case but never actually arriving. The time has come to tackle the problem head on and not just see green taxes as a way to earn more money for the government. As someone once said, we do not own the earth; we are merely the leaseholders for the next generation.