Assessing climate change on Earth Day’s 50th anniversary

Aaron Bernstein says that climate change doesn’t scare him because he knows that there are solutions to the problem.

Bernstein, interim director of the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, was featured in an April 22, 2020 Harvard Gazette article marking the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The article included comments from a range of experts on climate change, the environment, and sustainability.

To combat fear about climate change, “we must remind ourselves time and again that we have solutions to the climate crisis and that these solutions improve health today, especially for the poor and vulnerable, and that they provide for a more just and livable world for our children,” Bernstein said.

Bernstein cited a number of reasons for having hope that the world will address climate change, including the growth of renewable energy, the rise of electric vehicles, and the growing appreciation for plant-based diets.

Bernstein was also quoted in an April 20 Kaiser Health News article about how climate change is challenging doctors because it is impacting their patients’ health. He said that doctors could serve as “trusted messengers” in raising the topic of climate change with patients and elected officials.

And, on April 17, Bernstein discussed COVID-19’s impact on the climate crisis as part of the environmental news roundtable on WGBH’s “Under the Radar.”

Read the Harvard Gazette article: What scares you most about climate change?

Read the Kaiser Health News article: How Climate Change Is Putting Doctors In The Hot Seat

Listen to the WGBH roundtable: Environmental News: Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary And COVID-19’s Impact On The Climate Crisis