The following sample essay on “Climate Change and Americans Health”: seems easy to dismiss the detrimental impact it is bound to have on the health of American citizens.
Climate change doesn’t happen overnight, so it may seem easy to dismiss the detrimental impact it is bound to have on the health of American citizens, as well as the rest of the world. However, the truth is that climate change damages our health in every single aspect of our lives; from the air we breathe, the water we drink or swim in, the resources and food we obtain from our oceans and bodies of water, all the way to the diseases and infections we are exposed to, and the number of natural disasters such as wildfires and floods we are confronted with.
Across the world, climate change is increased mortality and morbidity by an extensive amount, through its negative effects on health. Now I know you are a business-oriented man, so you might be interested to know about how addressing climate change is far less expensive than delaying action, and how unchecked climate change is projected to impose a substantial economic burden on the United States which will see an estimated $5 trillion in cumulative property damage and losses due to sea-level rise and storm surges by 2100.
As president of the United States of America, you must protect the health of American citizens, and the health of the economy by funding and implementing policies to address these rising temperatures and reduce the USA’s carbon footprint to protect US citizens from the multitude of negative health outcomes, as well as an economic burden, that is associated with global warming.
Did you know that 4 in 10 citizens of the United States live in areas that have amounts of ozone or particle pollution that are considered to be unhealthy? Every day all over the United States and even the world-citizens are suffering from the negative health impacts of increasing amounts of ozone and particle pollution in our air. This is because Climate change reduces air quality by increasing smog, wildfires, and pollen. Ozone pollution is one pollutant in the United States that is controlled the least, even though it is one of the most dangerous. Ozone pollution is considered to be highly dangerous because it leads to premature death, reproductive harm, asthma attacks, lung cancer, wheezing/coughing, shortness of breath, higher susceptibility to infections, swollen lung tissue, and cardiovascular harm. By addressing climate change, we can better our health, or in your case, the health of all American Citizens. Researchers estimated that reductions in air pollution will improve public health and decrease mortality within the first two years after reductions alone.
Our air isn’t the only climate-related pollution that is harming Americans’ health though, as climate change is also expected to affect fresh and marine water resources in ways that will increase people’s exposure to water-related contaminants that cause illness. This is because climate-related factors such as temperature, precipitation, and related runoff, hurricanes, and storm surge, affect the growth, survival, spread, and toxicity of agents of water-related illness. Currently, eight known pathogens are known to cause 97% of waterborne illnesses in the United States, and all of these pathogens are becoming more toxic as temperatures rise from global warming.
Global warming is increasing the earth’s temperatures, which is creating more mosquito-friendly habitats, which means more breeding of mosquitos. More mosquitos mean more vector-borne illnesses, and increased infection rates for diseases like malaria, dengue fever, and West Nile virus. We have already started to see a drastic increase in insect-borne illnesses in the United States; In fact, the number of cases of insect-borne diseases has more than tripled in our country, growing from 27,388 cases reported in 2004 to 96,075 cases reported in 2016.
Some may say that addressing climate change is too expensive, but, NOT addressing climate change is going to cost a huge financial burden, and the United States alone will see an estimated $5 trillion in property damage and losses due to rises in our sea levels, and increases in storm surges (caused by global warming) by 2100.5 trillion dollars is a huge financial burden, and that isn’t even including the additional medical costs associated with global warming waterborne and vector-borne illnesses. Now others may make false objections based on the idea that climate change is already irreversible, so there’s no point in trying to combat it. However, even though we may not be able to stop climate change at this point, we can certainly take action to delay it and/or mitigate it and its negative effects on human health. Addressing climate change through urban planning to make more energy- and water-efficient cities that contain more green spaces and public transit options, can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, thus also reducing chronic disease.
The truth is that climate change is reducing the quality of life for American citizens, and in some cases, even ending the lives of American citizens; with 7 million deaths annually caused by air pollution. From the air we breathe, the water we drink, all the way to the natural disasters, and illnesses we are exposed to, climate change is damaging Americans’ health on every single front, and will continue to cause millions of additional deaths worldwide unless we take action now to mitigate its damages. I understand as the president of the United States, you are burdened with many issues facing our country, but I urge you to consider the facts, and the health of your citizens when deciding whether or not to implement lifesaving policies that will address mitigating ozone and particle pollution, water contamination, and vector-borne diseases brought on by our warming climate. As our president, I do hope you do right by American citizens in addressing these major climate-related detriments of health, by funding and implementing national policies and programs, to reduce the harmful effects of global warming.