Nurse takes lead in cli­mate change ed­u­ca­tion

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Local News - For in­for­ma­tion, email re­nee­havener@hot­

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.

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