Virginia Family Physician Schools Community on Health Impact of Climate Change
February 3, 2017
The Richmond, Virginia community came together to start the dialogue that many similar cities will be having soon: the health impact of climate change are here, now. The crowd, which featured speaker Dr. Janet Eddy, a family physician, met in a local church, and focused their discussion on the health impact, and not the politics:
"Janet Eddy, a Richmond-based family physician with Bon Secours Health System, told a crowd of around 25 that she has seen an uptick in rates of allergies and asthma since she started practicing 30 years ago.
“What I’m seeing is people who never had allergies, never had asthma and now they can’t breathe,” Eddy said.
Increased air pollution and higher concentrations of ground-level ozone, a phenomenon directly tied to increases in greenhouse gases and climate change, are to blame, she said.
Norfolk councilwoman Andria McClellan called the venue for the event, the Unitarian Church of Norfolk that sits along the Hague on Yarmouth Street, “ground zero” for climate change.
"Eddy, the Bon Secours doctor, said Trump’s election prompted her to get out and start spreading the word on environmental dangers and the potential impacts on real people of continued climate change.
Nagging isn’t the way to do it. I think it’s just to give people the facts and hitting it from all angles, Eddy said."