is poised to become the dominant human health threat of the 21st century.
Smart solutions that will protect our kids and grow Vermont's economy are on the table.
Democracy is a participatory sport.
We need your voice to get this kick-started.
All of us share a common goal to protect the health and well-being of our families,
friends, and communities. Climate change is quite real and its impacts are already here.
In Vermont, we have the highest per capita incidence of Lyme disease in the nation.
The heat wave in 2018 resulted in a surge in heat related illness. Repeated heavy rains
in recent years have caused an unprecedented release of untreated waste water
into our lakes and rivers. Yet, Vermont is not dealing with the problem -
our greenhouse gas emissions have risen by 16% since 1990.
Globally, a far bigger impact is being felt today by the most vulnerable among us.
Every Vermonter can help address this problem.
There are solutions that are good for all Vermonters.
Especially low income communities - where energy costs pose big challenges today.
And, you can help right now.
Now, more than ever, action at the state level is critical.
Building on the policy work that the Vermont Legislature has undertaken for more than a decade,
we are asking all Vermonters to support accelerated development and adoption of state policies
that will mitigate this unfolding health disaster for our children and grandchildren.
Contact your legislators and the Governor and ask them what they intend to do. How will they help again demonstrate to the rest of the country that Vermonters have the courage, intelligence, creativity,
and compassion needed to implement sensible, fair, and economically sound policies that
will move our state and the Nation forward?
As demonstrated by the rapid growth of clean energy jobs here at home, the emerging energy economy will create local jobs, and contribute to the long term economic strength of our communities.
Our mission is to use our expertise to inform the public and lawmakers about the effects of climate change on human and animal health. We believe we must all work together to drive Vermont's carbon footprint down, including converting all energy use from fossil fuels to renewable sources, as quickly as possible.
We encourage everyone to learn about the policies solutions being discussed in the State House, and to join in the discussion.
VTCHA has written a letter to Vermont legislators about the need to move faster. We are asking medical and public health professionals in Vermont to join us in signing the letter.
Left unchecked, climate change will have staggering effects on the health and welfare of Vermonters - and the rest of humanity.
The earth's climate is the result of a complicated set of physical processes. Some processes change quickly. Some change slowly. Many will not be reversed once they move past a tipping point.