Nurse takes lead in climate change education
GEORGETOWN » Local nurse Renee Havener recently completed training with Nobel Laureate and former Vice President Al Gore to serve as a volunteer Climate Reality Leader for the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, founded by Gore in 2006.
The multi-day training in Pittsburgh, Pa. focused on providing trainees with a deep understanding of the latest climate change science, as well as best practices in public speaking, social media, leadership, communication, community outreach, and organizing. Participants leave prepared to better tell the story of climate change and inspire communities everywhere to take action.
“As a nurse, I recognize the intrinsic relationship between the environment and public health,” Havener said. “I am very concerned with the significant threat climate change poses to both. We are already seeing worsening of asthma and chronic respiratory conditions from poor air quality on extreme heat days; premature deaths related to air pollution and extreme weather; increases in vector-borne disease such as Lyme disease and Zika; and mental health impacts resulting from catastrophic weather events.” She adds that climate change is also impacting local agriculture, water quality, property
values, hunting, and recreation.
Havener is employed in Syracuse. She is a graduate of Morrisville State College and Gonzaga University, a member of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE), and Healthcare Without Harm. She is available to give free public presentations on climate change.