I joined the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee, on the health and well-being team. I’m there to listen and learn, for now.
I’ve been learning a great deal in my new job the past few months as a Communications Specialist with the CDC Foundation working exclusively with the State of Alaska Department of Health (mostly on this project — you’ll recognize the writing style). I am especially interested in the fact that the State of Alaska is currently experiencing climate change at 2-3 times the rate of the rest of the world, and the specific intersections of climate change and public health would curl your toes. I am also particularly relieved to be working with people who are not denying this reality and are prioritizing response to it. I am very tired of the lack of meaningful action where I live, where I do not accept the normalization of nonchalance at the multiple crises we are facing.
As Mother’s Day approaches, I remind myself that it is not our children’s job to leave a healthy and habitable world. It is ours.
So, there’s that.