"Pediatricians, parents and our communities today have an unprecedented opportunity to protect our children and grandchildren. Great challenges bring great opportunities. We can each protect the next generation by working together to prevent dangerous climate chan ge, but to have a real impact we must act now. "
- Samantha Ahdoot, MD, FAAP, lead author of the
AAP policy statement
About Climate for Health
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is a partner of ecoAmerica's Climate for Health program, a network of health leaders committed to protecting the health and well-being of Americans by leading on a path to a positive future for climate solutions. By being a part of Climate for Health, AAP commits to implementing climate solutions within its own organization, and working together to prepare, empower, and inspire members, staff, communities, peers, and the nation on climate change solutions.
AAP members, Chapters, and Districts are encouraged to visit
www.ClimateforHealth.org for a suite of resources that enable individuals as well as institutions to lead by example by increasing climate-friendly activities in facility operations, and elevating their climate leadership by inviting their community to do the same.
Access Climate for Health's resources on educating and engaging others on climate topics by clicking
here, or see below for available materials.
On April 22, 2020, the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) partnered with ecoAmerica’s Climate for Health program to present Children's Health & Climate Change: A Moment of Reflection on Earth Day's 50th Anniversary. Moderated by Jerome Paulson, MD, FAAP and presented by Meighen Speiser (Executive Director, ecoAmerica), Lori Byron, MD, FAAP, Lisa Patel, MD, FAAP & Rebecca Philipsborn, MD, FAAP, the webinar focused on the extraordinary and devastating experience of the COVID-19 pandemic that both exposed vulnerabilities and suggested public health solutions that informed reflections on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Participants connected with colleagues to discuss efforts to protect children's health through climate action. This virtual forum featured national and state perspectives, outlined priorities, and shared solutions. The archived webinar can be viewed below.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has partnered with ecoAmerica through their
Climate for Health program to develop a new video,
“Our Children, Our Future: Why the AAP is Leading on Climate Change, and How Pediatricians Can Help.” Climate change poses threats to human health, safety, and security, and children are at particularly high risk. Pediatricians, as advocates for this vulnerable population, have a valuable role to play in the climate and health movement. The AAP recognizes this opportunity and is working with members and partners to ensure that the health and welfare of children are prioritized.
Let's Talk Health and Climate: Communication Guidance for Health Professionals
This guide is designed to be useful for experienced and novice climate change and health communicators alike. It synthesizes the latest academic research and message testing on climate communications from across the social sciences into a practical guide to support meaningful discussion of climate change and health with individuals and groups.
Climate for Health's Talking Points These new, monthly talking points are designed to help you have meaningful and effective conversations about climate! Each month, Climate for Health will choose a theme, provide a few positive talking points, and give some responses to key criticisms. This guidance is grounded in ecoAmerica's extensive research.
Climate Change and Health Compendium
The Climate and Children's Health compendium was developed by AAP subject matter experts to create resources for pediatricians to teach as well as learn from their peers on how a changing climate is affecting children's health. It was produced in partnership with Climate for Health, a program of ecoAmerica.
Long PowerPoint (PPT) presentation: this presentation is 47 slides long and would be appropriate for a 1-hour presentation to pediatric health professionals. It provides an in-depth look at how climate affects children's health, and ways in which pediatricians can get involved. It also includes customizable slides and links to region-specific information.
Short PPT presentation: this presentation is 27 slides long and would be appropriate for a 30-minute presentation to pediatric health professionals. It provides a broad overview of how climate affects children's health, and ways in which pediatricians can get involved. It also includes customizable slides and links to region-specific information.
Climate Change & Children's Health Handout: this handout can be distributed to pediatric health professional peers at meetings and conferences. It provides a brief summary of how climate change affects children's health, and how primary care providers are already seeing those effects in their everyday practices.
Climate Change & Children's Health pamphlet: this pamphlet can be printed and distributed to pediatric health professionals and provides convenient and concise information on climate change, its effects on children's health, both direct and indirect, and provides suggestions for solutions and further action to get involved.
Climate Change & Children's Health Op-Ed (template): this op-ed template provides suggested content to submit to local newspaper op-ed sections. It includes information on how climate change is affecting children's health, why pediatricians are concerned, and ways in which communities can take action. Op-eds are a way in which pediatricians can voice their concerns to both local leaders and their communities.