A topic that I’ve gained a lot of interest in over the years is the intersection between the environment and our health. We are undoubtedly affected by the world around us in a variety of ways beyond just the physical. With a changing climate comes increases in exposure to air pollution, extreme heat, natural disasters, as well as the effects on mental health.
However, there exists a multitude of health inequalities that arise due to the Social Determinants of Health. Factors such as race, gender, and socioeconomic status can all influence our health, meaning that climate-induced health impacts will be worse for some compared to others. Health and climate justice are therefore inextricably linked.
Liana Salviejo (she/her) is a current Climate Action Technician at YCCBC and a recent graduate of UBC, with a Bachelor of Science in Global Resource Systems.