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Mitigating Climate Change and Related Health Disparities in Minnesota

Doctoral Project

Jo Bjorgaard

University of Minnesota, School of Nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice, Health Innovation and Leadership with a focus on Planetary Health

Executive Summary

Climate change has been recognized as the number one threat to public health around the globe (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPCC], 2022). Minnesotans are experiencing the effects of climate change including the contribution it makes to health disparities (Climate Minnesota, 2022).  An increase in healthcare disparities is one cost of neglecting this problem, with disproportionate effects of climate-related events (extreme heat, wildfires, drought, flooding) on people of color, children, older adults, and low-income communities (EPA, 2022).  The IPCC has called for an urgent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (2022). The “Next Generation Climate Act of 2021” would set feasible goals for Minnesota to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions and mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change (Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, 2022). By enacting this legislation Minnesota will work toward addressing the inequitable impacts of climate change.

Important Notes

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