Episode 6: The Health Risks of Climate Change

Natasha DeJarnett, Dr. Jalonne White-Newsome

Dr. Natasha DeJarnett from the American Public Health Association and Dr. Jalonne White-Newsome from the Kresge Foundation appear on this episode of Citizens’ Climate Radio.



Citizens’ Climate Radio is a monthly podcast hosted by CCL volunteer Peterson Toscano. Browse all our past episodes here.

Our rapidly-changing planet is already posing risks to public health. Dr. Natasha DeJarnett from the American Public Health Association sits down with Peterson Toscano to outline some of these health effects and risks, while exploring community-building opportunities. Dr. Jalonne White-Newsome, senior program officer from the Kresge Foundation, provides a new framework for looking at resiliency.

This episode also features voices from CCL’s 2016 Congressional Education Day, including Marshal Saunders, Mark Reynolds, and some very hopeful and enthusiastic high school and college students. 


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Art House

Joining us in the Art House is Dr. David R. Bowne, Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Elizabethtown College. Using his scientific expertise and tapping into his creative side, David wrote a short story, “Henry Ford Hated Glaciers.” He reads an excerpt with us.


Sabrina Fu, the Mid-Atlantic Co-Regional Coordinator for CCL answers last month’s puzzler: What happens when we put a price on carbon? Won’t it negatively affect lower income people and the working class?

Here is our new puzzler:

You are at a community event, and people are speculating on what a Trump presidency will look like. You pipe up, “Well, I am concerned about climate change, so I am going to work that much harder to raise awareness and get the government to change energy policy.” People laugh. They snort. One says, “Oh, nothing is going to happen for the next four years. We are back to coal and other fossil fuels. Might as well take up new hobby.” How do you respond? How can you share what’s in your heart as well as what’s in your head?

Send in your answers by December 15, 2016, along with your name, contact info, and where you are from. You can email your answers to or leave a voice memo of 3 minutes or less at 570-483-8194 (+1 if calling from outside the USA).

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Citizens’ Climate Radio is a monthly podcast hosted by CCL volunteer Peterson Toscano.

Steve Valk is Communications Coordinator for Citizens' Climate Lobby. Steve joined the CCL staff in 2009 after a 30-year career with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter at @valklimate.