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The National Nursing Network Organization was honored to receive an invitation from the White House Office of Public Engagement and Council on Environmental Quality to attend the July 9th Champions of Change ceremony at the White House, recognizing climate and public health champions.
Thank you to Deborah Orre MSN, RN, who represented the National Nursing Network Organization at this event. President Obama has called on all Americans to take an active role on climate in their communities. Recognizing that we all have an obligation to leave our children a planet that is not polluted or damaged and to protect our children’s health, the President has put forward a Climate Action Plan aimed at slowing the effects of climate change and helping to prepare our communities for its impact.
The ceremony, Protecting Public Health in a Changing Climate, honored Champions of Change-citizens, public health experts, medical professionals, and community and business leaders who are working on the front lines to raise awareness about climate-related health effects, take steps to reduce dangerous carbon pollution, and help better protect communities from the impacts of climate change. Approximately 50-100 participants were in attendance.
“To have been a part of such an auspicious group of stakeholders was such a privilege. I was able to witness an awe-inspiring discussion by a group of professionals on the public health aspects of climate change. Many disparate voices shared their creative ideas and solutions to this immediate and potentially devastating threat,” states Deborah Orre.
A common theme repeated throughout the ceremony was the need to better message how important and inter-related our environment is to our health and wellness. It is important that these messages be better disseminated the public and especially our youth. As a national advocate for nursing actions to champion public health in all communities, the National Nurse for Public Health would provide leadership, encouraging health professionals to work with community programs geared at promoting a better understanding of ways to minimize risks associated with climate change.