Talking climate change and human health – right here in Shaw-Smyser

Thank you to Kittitas County Medical Society and to Dr. Sara Cate, for bringing us a powerful talk on what Dr. Cate called a medical emergency. Even as she emphasized the urgency of environmental and human health impacts, Dr. Cate noted that health care practitioners’ and groups’ involvement in climate change-related health issues and advocacy are part of – perhaps – a statement of hope.

start of Dr. Cate’s talk

Think it’s tough for most people to find a way in to these issues? You’re right – but Dr. Cate emphasized both national defense-relevant concerns and those related to drought.

bringing drought into the picture

Those of us living in farming-focused communities, and those of us who eat should all be concerned.

And we are. Dr. Cate brought us full circle, toward the end of her talk; she reminded us that there are societal, and individual, steps we can take – and that we are taking as nations and people! She left us with information about state-level proposals and their potential, and provided resources for those who want more information.

Following her talk, audience members raised questions and shared their own interests and actions surrounding improving awareness of these issues, both locally and around the state. Thank you again, Dr. Cate and KCMS, for your commitment to climate health and to building community conversation!


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