Climate change poses serious threats to the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. Extreme weather conditions have led to more frequent and intense flooding, wildfires, and drought, all of which affect our health. The impacts of climate change on children are especially harmful. Since children's lungs and immune systems are still developing, poor air quality can cause permanent damage and leave them more susceptible to infection. Also, air pollution puts people with lung diseases such as asthma and COPD at special risk.
We must do all we can to reduce pollution since unhealthy air affects us all. As a respiratory therapist and a college professor, I strongly urge a united effort to address climate change and decrease air pollution.