Reaching Out to Today’s Youth

by Brina Jablonski

A major issue in the twenty-first century is the lack of youth involvement in climate change discussion. The members of today’s youth are the future leaders of tomorrow. If they have no interest or understanding of the severe climate problems at hand then they will never take the initiative to make a change. Senebel et al. (2014) explain how people tend to honor set goals, pay close attention to what their peers are doing, and are strongly persuaded by people they like. Thus they concluded that social media is the most effective form of persuasion and communication with the public. With the use of digital media, information will be able to reach many, diverse populations as well as shift social norms, and reduce climate change. The article analyzed the results of a test designed to understand how social media can help encourage today’s current youth to play an active role in preventing further climate change through energy reduction. Continue reading

Climate Change Adaption in California

by Brina Jablonski

Climate change has always affected California but even more so now in today’s current climate conditions. Problems revolving around rising sea levels, frequent heat waves, floods, wildfires, droughts, shrinking snow packs, growing water demand, changes in precipitation, hotter conditions, an increasing number of threatened or endangered animal species, and an extreme growth in human population are forcing the government of California to adapt and make plans for the future in order to minimize later damage for the Golden State. Assembly Bill 32 (the 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act) has already improved California’s energy, transportation, construction, agricultural, and natural resource sectors. As California faces these issues, the state also sets the framework for potential national and even international action. Davis and Chornesky (2014) primarily address how California is responding to rising sea levels, changes in water supply, flood risks, and weakened ecosystem resilience. Continue reading

The Most Effective Way to Deal with Climate Change

 

by Brina Jablonski     

A major issue for America is the lack of public interaction and engagement on the matter of climate change. Although most people are educated in climate changes’ causes, impacts, and solutions, many still refuse to take action and instead ignore the problem at hand. Communication researchers believe that outlining climate change in terms of public health could be a more effective method for convincing the community that climate change truly is a serious concern.

In 2010, a study was conducted to evaluate the most successful way to reach out to American citizens about climate change. The test involved dividing subjects into six different categories ranging from most concerned and motivated subjects to the least concerned and least motivated subjects. The six categories were labeled as alarmed, concerned, cautious, disengaged, doubtful, and dismissive. Subjects were classified by their previous knowledge and reaction to climate change. The testing itself required the subjects to read three distinctly framed news articles that highlighted the risks to either public health, environment, or national security due to climate change and the benefits of taking action. The subjects were then asked to underline which sentences in the article made them feel hopeful versus angry. Continue reading

How Climate Change Increases Need for Health Promotion Practitioners

by Brina Jablonski

Rebecca Patrick, Teresa Capetola, Mardie Townsend, and Sonia Nuttman define the threats that the world is facing as whole due to climate change and explain how there is a greater need for health promoters at the community level. Health promotion professionals are those responsible for improving and adapting the health sector to match the current climate. The authors constantly emphasize how these professionals are responsible for strengthening society’s relationship with the environment and how they stand as catalysts for change.

The authors note how current climate changes are dangerous to human beings across the globe. They mention how “already vulnerable populations such as remote Aboriginal communities, Pacific Island Countries, the elderly and people with low income” will feel the rippling effects of climate change even more than they already do. This statement supports the fact that health professionals are desperately needed Continue reading

Long Term Effects of Climate Change

by Brina Jablonski

William E. Bradshaw and Christina M. Holzapfel highlighted the unforeseen effects of climate change in an article posted by sciencemag.org. The two authors made a point of telling their audience how organisms are not directly reacting to the increased amount of heat on planet earth, but instead reacting to the resulting seasonal change due to the rising temperature. They also consistently mentioned examples of how organisms are capable of “phenotypic plasticity”, the ability of organisms to alter themselves in response to a change in environment. Continue reading