My name is Nora Hill, I'm a senior in high school at the Vermont Commons School. My social studies class has allowed us to spend 20% of our time focused on a current day global issue that interests us, and I have chosen the effect climate change will have on infectious diseases. This blog will be my process of learning about the issue and what I can do to address it.
Climate change is arguably the biggest issue facing my generation, but many people don't realize how far reaching these effects will be. Climate change will change global health, particularly with climate sensitive diseases that are food borne, air borne, insect borne, and water borne. Some of the most climate sensitive disease are: malaria, cholera, Lyme Disease, and West Nile virus. For general information on the impact of climate change on infectious disease check out this information from WHO .

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Reflection 14/Dec/14

I am feeling pretty stressed and concerned about my 20% project. I am really unsure about my goal/product which is to have an online/social media campaign to draw attention to the Senate Bill on Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion and move this bill out of committee. Although I feel a more reasonable goal is get my senator, Bernie Sanders interested in the Bill.

I guess if I  just raise attention to this small area of concern around climate change that will be a small victory but I find myself wishing I was more technologically inclined and could produce some amazing predictive computer model of infectious disease spread (although I do realize that is completely unrealistic since I have no access to data nor any clue to design complex computer modelling systems).

I am going to make an effort to reach out to some of the Vermont experts to see if I can get a better sense if my project is even meaningful or helpful. I also will email Senator Sanders this week as he is on the HELP Committee. I am trying to manage my stress and anxiety with this project and all my other school work is proving difficult….not to mention I just heard back from my top choice college!! I officially know what I'm doing next year. To be honest my happiness at getting accepted has completely eclipsed my weekend.

Honestly I do think my project is worthwhile and will be an empowering experience, each of us can do small things that together will have a greater collective effort.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Weekly Reflection

I have done some research and I have found out that my State representivity, Bernie Sanders, is on the committee along with 11 democrats and 10 republicans. It was good to finally see who was on the committee, and I plan on composing a letter to all the members in the next two weeks urging the to take Bill 2864 to a vote and urging them to pass it. I will reach out to Bernie Sanders in particular as he is my state representative. I also plan on contacting some local resources. vermont has been a testing ground for a lot of the proposed actions in the Bill and it would be great to talk to some experts and see what changes have been made how they have been working out.

Monday, December 1, 2014


Thoughts: I'm excited to start actually working on my campaign. After a lot of planning and thinking it is nice to start to actually taking some next steps. I'm worried that others might not care as much about this Bill as I do, or aren't as interested as me.

Worries: The Republicans have taken back both the Senate and House. Now the leader of the Environmental committee does not believe in climate change. This change is greatly concerning to me, not only for the purposes of this project but also for my own personal concern for this country.

Biggest Challenges: Getting the word out in a meaningful way. This I find is the greatest challenge in any campaign. Spreading the word is important, but having a positive association with, and some basic knowledge of the topic.

Things I'm excited about: Making a positive change within the legislation. I'm also excited to start a campaign, talking to people and sharing my convictions with them is one of my favorite things to do, and when the person you are talking to gets excited as well that is the best.