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Climate Change and Children’s Health: Building a Healthy Future for Every Child

This policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics emphasizes the critical impact of climate change on the health and well-being of children. It discusses how climate change leads to shifts in temperature, precipitation, and ecosystems, affecting air and water quality, food security, and the incidence of diseases. The unique vulnerability of children to these changes has positioned pediatricians at the forefront of advocating for climate action. Recommendations include incorporating climate change counseling in clinical practice, promoting cleaner air and sustainable diets, and advocating for equitable climate policies. The text stresses the need for collaborative efforts to address climate change and protect the health of children for future generations.

Audience: Physicians
Emergency Management Stage: Preparedness (Prevention / Protection)

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