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Climate Change in our Backyard

Max Schaefer, January 15, 2019

While rising sea levels and strengthening hurricanes may not affect Northeast Ohio, our region will not be left behind when it comes to the dangers and threats of climate change. We will see wetter seasons and warmer temperatures causing a myriad of health problems.

According to Drs. Kristie Ross and Aparna Bole, both leading advocates in our Ohio Clinicians for Climate Action, the causes of climate change are not only leading to higher rates of pulmonary disease, but also longer aeroallergen seasons. Additionally, Northeast Ohio will see substantial increases in tick-borne illnesses due to changes in our climate.

The OEC works across the state to continue advocating for climate solutions that will not only lead to a reduction in greenhouse gases, but improved health for our family and neighbors.

We recently played a minor role in adjusting the city of Avon Lake zoning code to allow great wind power capacity in their city. We’ve co-hosted a community engagement session in conjunction with the Alliance for the Great Lakes and the River Network to discuss environmental concerns with the Latinx community in Lorain.

We’ve worked with businesses such as Railroad Brewing Company in Avon, OH and the Lorain County Kayak and Paddle Sports Group, to lobby legislators in DC about the importance of clean water to our region and why Lake Erie needs the highest forms of protection from pollution and toxic algae.

The OEC is determined to ensure the effects of climate change are reduced and to protect the health of Northeast Ohioans. Local work matters in combating climate change, and we will continue to work with partners and local government to create and implement unique solutions to these problems. Cleveland and Cuyahoga County are excellent examples of a local focus through their energy efficiency and clean energy work.