Delegate Name: Jeb Cazer
World Health Organization
Climate Change and Infectious Disease
Joseph (Jeb) Cazer
Forest Hills Eastern
Climate change includes both global warming caused by humans, and its impacts on the environment. The current changes in average temperature and regional climate are more rapid and drastic than any recorded event in Earth’s history. The primary known cause of climate change is the emission of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide and methane. Another is deforestation. Many of the emissions are created by burning fossil fuels for energy. Some of the main direct effects of climate are rising sea levels, forest fires, high intensity hurricanes, and glacial melting. In the U.S., public health can be affected by disruptions of physical, biological, and ecological systems, including disturbances originating here and elsewhere, for example, climate change. Ukraine’s mission is to identify in itself where it sees climate change having negative effects on health and attack it.
Ukraine is one of the poorest nations in Europe and has seen the deadly effects of climate change. Most strikingly, the temperature in December exceeded 15 degrees celsius (59 degrees fahrenheit) for the first time ever recorded. Since 1990, the Ukraine has lowered its climate emissions from 690 thousand tons of carbon emissions, to 190 thousand. While trying to fight climate change, Ukraine is also trying to grow its economy. Ukraine wants to attack climate change because it is drastically affecting its air quality, and in turn damaging the lungs and eyes of its people. An additional hazard of climate change in relation to infectious diseases is that the warmer, wetter and more variable conditions brought by climate change are making it easier to transmit diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, chikungunya, yellow fever, Zika virus, West Nile virus and Lyme disease in many parts of the world. COVID
What Ukraine wants from the United Nation is for other member states to put in the same effort that Ukraine has in order to stop this ongoing crisis. Its people are suffering from the devastating effects of a problem that most nations pretend to care about, but in reality turn a blind eye to in order to make a profit.