By Jaclyn Zubrzycki
Climate change is a global issue. But public health and government officials are increasingly emphasizing that climate change has consequences for human health—and that climate-related health consequences won’t be distributed equally.
Health advocates and researchers caution that Coloradans with low incomes, those who work outside, children, the elderly, those who live close to wildfire hazards, and those with respiratory, nervous system or cardiovascular health issues will likely suffer as temperatures rise.
Colorado’s average temperature has increased 2 degrees Fahrenheit in the last 30 years, and is predicted to increase by as many as 5 degrees by 2050, according to a 2014 report by Colorado climate scientists for the Colorado Water Conservation Board.
“A majority [of Colorado residents] recognize that climate change is happening,” said Chrissy Esposito, a data visualization and policy analyst at the Colorado Health Institute (a Trust grantee). “But a smaller portion understand that it could harm them.”