Saint Lucian Youth Highlight the Impact of Climate on Health in their Communities

Bridgetown, Barbados, 27 February 2023 (PAHO/WHO) – Climate change has increased levels of uncertainty about our future and by extension our health. As the impacts of climate change intensify, this will perhaps be felt more by youth, than any other population group.

Every year in the Americas, an estimated one million premature deaths are attributable to avoidable environmental risks.  Air pollution, contaminated water, inadequate sanitation, soaring temperatures and severe storms, are some of the most pressing environmental public health threats for the region.  By effect, more young people are becoming sensitised about the challenges and risks presented by the climate crisis.  Through active engagement, youth are equipped with the ability and passion for cultivating ideas that can lead to sustainable development solutions.

Dr Kim Newton-James, a year one graduate of the European Union-funded, University of the West Indies (UWI) Climate Change and Health Fellowship programme recently exposed a group of youth from her homeland of Saint Lucia to the impacts of climate change on the health of their community members and the environment.