AARP is working nationwide to make communities more livable for people of all ages – this includes ensuring communities are healthy, equitable and safe. As part of our efforts, AARP California is launching a Climate Chat series that aims to provide educational information and resources on climate and health. We invite you to learn more below!
Climate Chat #1 – A Conversation on Air Quality & Protecting Your Health: June 3rd @ Noon PT
California’s wildfires are getting worse, and so is the quality of the air we breathe. In 2020, many parts of our state suffered weeks to even months of severely harmful air pollution, which health experts are worried will increase risk to heart and lung disease—especially for older adults.
Learn what you can do to prepare and protect yourself, your family, and your home from poor air quality, including smoke caused by this year’s wildfire season. Hear from Afif El-Hasan, M.D., specialist in asthma and lung health; Steven Jimenez, American Lung Association; and Brian Sheridan, Coalition for Clean Air.
Climate Chat #2 – A Conversation on Extreme Heat – How You Can Adapt, And Help Combat:
September 21st @ Noon PT
Over the past decade, California and communities across the nation experience annual record high temperatures. These hotter days and hotter nights can be dangerous for older adults and people with health conditions.
Hear from AARP California and a panel of experts for an important conversation on how you can protect yourself and loved ones from extreme heat, and how you can help combat rising temperatures.
Climate Chat #3 - A Conversation on the Future of California’s Drought and Water: October 5th @ Noon PT
For most of the last decade, the Golden State has been living in abnormal drought conditions. Water restrictions have affected nearly every aspect of our life, from our food supply (California is the fifth largest food-producing region in the world) to our power supply (hydro-power helps keep the lights on, especially during heatwaves). And wildfires are getting worse due to the drought’s impact on our state’s 33 million acres of forest land.
Hear from Joone Kim-Lopez, the General Manager of the Moulton Niguel Water District, which supplies water to six California cities in South Orange County, on the future of our states water and the drought.
How Climate Change Impacts Older Americans’ Daily Lives
Learn about the impact of extreme weather events and a changing environment on the finances, health, housing and daily activities of older adults HERE.
A Conversation on Preparing for Any Emergency
Fires, Floods, Draughts. With the increased severity of storms and extreme weather, it’s more important than ever to be prepared. Hear from Aaron Levy, the Director of FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division, joined by AARP OK State Director Sean Voskuhl as they answer questions and offer tips on disaster safety. Learn more and view the conversation HERE.