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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, February 22, 2015

Reflection 22/feb/14

Hey guys, 

So on February 12th  I attend the Youth Climate Action Summit at the State House in Montpelier. During the day, I testified to the Vermont SenateGovernment Operations Committee about divesting the state employee's pension fund from all fossil fuels. It was such a wonderful opportunity. Of course I was extremely nervous, but I think I did pretty well. Here is the Link to me speaking.   Another student spoke, as well as some investment folks from Boston and Vermont.  The President of Goddard College also spoke.  This was part of a coordinated effort by Climate Change Activists internationally to pressure schools, universities and other non-profit organizations to divest to save the planet.

I attended the workshop/action day in hopes of networking with other  climate change activist students but that didn't really happen as much as I had hoped but I did some a few fantastic connections which I hope will help me move my project forward. I have been in touch with a few climate change gurus about ways to move my project forward.  Unfortunately the Republican majority in Washington will make it very difficult.  BUT I think if I can just get people interested and aware of the bill, that might be a goal.
  
Looking forward toward next steps I am hoping to create a video that I can spread, through the wonderful networking oppurtunities 350.org has provided me with. I am planning of having it be a short video that just has me speaking about the Bill and why it is important. That is another thing I have taken away from my time at the State House, how vital it is that we pass this kind of legislation, on a state level, yes, but even more so on a federal level. We simply don't have the time to avoid this issue any more. I personally feel invigorated by being able to make my own contribution, but there is still so much more work to be done. The divestment movement is a great one -- very similar, my mom says to that of the apartheid one that many students took part in in the 80s.  I feel really lucky I got to participate in this -- even in a small way.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

7/feb/15 reflection

Today I did a big email blast and sent emails (again) to some of the Senators on the HELP Committee (which is where this Bill is living right now).


I emailed Bernie, Sheldon Whitehouse from RI (who gave an impassioned speech two weeks ago on the Senate floor about the climate change deniers), Barbara Boxer from California, and the Ed Markey from MA.  I also emailed Patrick leahy (hey, he is from Vermont and pretty powerful guy).


Here is more information on Sheldon Whitehouse’s speech.


I also emailed some of the Climate Change Health Gurus in Vermont: David Grass, UVM Professor, Dr, Christine Vatovec and Sarah McKearnan, a Senior Policy Advisor on Climate Change.


I also emailed some of the folks from 350.org.  They are hosting a Youth Action Day and I am hoping I might be able to attend.


Meanwhile, Climate Change and its impact on human health continues to be a very newsworthy topic. Bill Nye, the Science Guy, listed 2015’s biggest health concern as Climate Change. Here is another article if you’re  interested.


He makes some pretty funny comments about the issue on this video.


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Article: http://www.weather.com/health/news/bill-nye-says-climate-change-big