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.

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