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THE KILLER HEAT OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Posted on: July 27, 2021

Union of Concerned Scientists.

LUCKY FOR US, THERE ARE CONCERNED SCIENTISTS WHO HAVE DEDICATED THEIR CAREERS TO SAVING THE PLANET

A MESSAGE FROM THE UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS.

Working outside in the blazing sun when temperatures are in the 90s, 100s, and 110s isn’t just uncomfortable—it can be deadly. With global warming still largely unchecked, record high temperatures and heat waves are only going to get worse and more common. With them, we’re sure to see an increase in heat related illness and deaths, especially if policymakers fail to protect those most vulnerable to extreme heat, including farmworkers who grow and harvest the food we eat. Fight for policies that address the impacts of climate change we’re already facing. Renew your support to keep our research and advocacy campaigns going strong. While we have to keep fighting to cut carbon emissions and protect our future, we can’t ignore the very real, very harmful effects of climate change we’re already living with. And let’s be clear: while climate change affects us all, near-term impacts like extreme heat waves are disproportionately hurting people of color and people with low incomes, while a small group of mostly white men profit off our reliance on fossil fuels. That injustice is unacceptable. That’s why UCS, with the help of members like you, is working to pass the Asunción Valdivia Heat Illness and Fatality Prevention Act, named for Asunción Valdivia. Mr. Valdivia died of heat stroke after picking grapes for ten hours straight in 105-degree heat. If this bill becomes law, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will have to establish an enforceable standard to protect workers in high-heat environments and train workers on risk factors of heat illness and how to prevent and treat them. This legislation, coupled with policies to reduce heat-trapping emissions, will fill a wide gap in workplace safety that has existed for far too long and affected the health and lives of far too many workers. What happened to Asunción Valdivia shouldn’t happen to anyone, but sadly there are many stories like his. Renew your support now to power science-backed campaigns to protect people from the deadly impacts of climate change that are already here. We’re seeing the consequences of climate change more and more each year. At UCS, we don’t just let the science speak for itself—our scientists conduct the research, our media team makes sure journalists cover it, our advocates leverage it in policy fights, and YOU help power it all with your gifts.

It can be harrowing to work on climate change. There’s rarely good news to balance out all the bad. But focusing on this existential threat is one of the most powerful, meaningful things you can do as a thinking, caring person.

SO YOU DON’T FORGET, SEND IN YOUR DONATION BEFORE MIDNIGHT TONIGHT SO WE CAN SAVE THE PLANET FROM CLIMATE CHANGE AND SAVE YOUR ASS FROM KILLER HEAT.

Union of Concerned Scientists.
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2 Responses to "THE KILLER HEAT OF CLIMATE CHANGE"

Never have I heard such rubbish in my life.
There is no climate emergency.

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