How is climate change affecting our health? a manual for students and their families
AbstractClimate change is often associated with ecosystem destruction and disappearing species. This is all true, but climate change affects our lives in a more direct way: our health. Unfortunately, the impact of climate change on human health isn't generally acknowledged. The fact that human-made changes in climate affect human health, in an indirect or direct way, needs to be disseminated among our communities, particularly among the youth who hold in their hands the power to change the future. This manual is an attempt to sensitize growing adults about the importance of the linkages between climate change and human health. The students will learn the reasons behind the changes going on, how they affect each one of us in one way or other, the current and future effects and how we can respond to them. The complete resource material consists of two manuals: one for teachers and one for students. The teachers' manual is a training resource to support spreading the information via interactive classroom activities. The student's manual is for them to take home, study and share information about climate change and its impact on human health with their families. The manuals were field tested with 300 children and 15 teachers in several schools before printing of the final version.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2008). How is climate change affecting our health? a manual for students and their families. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205310