Global Warming and Our Health

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Vision

Community action to reduce the impact of global warming on the health and well-being of the people of Ventura County.

Mission

Participate in the nationwide public health effort to improve our environment, reduce and roll-back climate change, and reduce waste and pollution to improve the lives of people in our communities.

Purpose

The World Health Organization (WHO) states, "The science is clear: 

 


The earth is warming, that warming is accelerating, and human actions are responsible. If current warming trends remain uncontrolled, humanity will face more injury, disease and death related to natural disasters and heatwaves; higher rates of foodborne, waterborne, and vector-borne illness; and more premature deaths and disease related to air pollution." 

The science about this is "as good as it gets." We don't argue the science here, we use it to help us make improvements in the lives of our communities, and improve our future health and well-being. We also follow the State of California's policy leadership which is taking action on global climate change.  


For our children's sake, and our own, we need to find ways to reduce and even roll back the changes occurring around us. Working on global climate change begins at home, with each of us. Our efforts will also reduce waste that is building up in mountains around us, reduce pollution of our air and water, and make our environments healthier places to live, day-to-day.

World Health and Climate Change

Climate change is not some distant thing in time or location. It is here and now, and we need to start changing things so that we can have a better future for ourselves and our children. Visit the World Health Organization's Climate Change page. has a web site devoted to the effects of global climate change on health. They also sponsored a World Health Day devoted to climate change.


The American Public Health Association report "Climate Change: Mastering the Public Health Role" is a guidebook to understanding, and working to reduce, the impact of climate change on our health. 


We held a community forum "Global Warming: Our Health in the Balance, What Can We Do?" on Monday April 7, 2008 at the Ventura County Government Center. Download our presentations (these have been updated):

Awareness—Analysis—Action: How Can I Get Involved?

Each of us can become a community leader. First we must learn about the issues and problems. Then analyze that information, see what we think about it, what it means to us. Armed with our new knowledge, we can start taking action. Some resources are offered below that can help you become aware of the problems.

In all of this there is also some good news. Most of the things we can do to reduce global warming are also good for us in the short run. Doing things like driving less and walking more, buying fewer products, changing the air filters on our heating systems and using recycled paper also to save us money here and now, and can make us healthier too. We just have to learn new tips for helping the world, our pocketbooks and our health.


See what young people can do at Young Voices for the Planet

What Ventura County and the Public Health Department are Already Doing

The County of Ventura, and your Public Health Department are working to reduce our use of products, the waste they create an save money while doing it. We're using recycled paper and printer cartridges. We're reducing the waste produced when we have lunch meetings, by working with vendors to package lunches so that they use little paper and plastic. The drains in our administration building's parking lot filter out pollutants.

Ventura County Global Warming Initiatives

Resources & Reports

Other Useful Websites

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Health Care Agency
2323 Knoll Drive
Ventura, CA 93003
805-677-5110
Ambulatory Care-Medical Clinics
2323 Knoll Drive 
Ventura, CA 93003
805-677-5223
Behavioral Health
1911 Williams Drive
Oxnard, CA 93036
805-981-6830
Public Health
2240 E. Gonzales Road
Oxnard, CA 93036
805-981-5101
Santa Paula Hospital
825 N. Tenth Street
Santa Paula, CA 93061
805-933-8600
Ventura County Medical Center
3291 Loma Vista Road
Ventura, CA 93003
805-652-6000
HCA Human Resources
2323 Knoll Drive 
Ventura, CA 93003
805-677-5184
Ventura County Health Care Plan
2220 E. Gonzales Road
Suite 210 B

Oxnard, CA 93036
805-981-5050