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Environmental and Climate Justice

As nurses, we recognize that bold action is needed to address the catastrophic health impacts of global warming, and the associated extreme weather conditions such as wide spread drought, wildfires, and flooding all over world. We witness daily the illness brought on by environmental injustice in our communities; disease from air pollution, inadequate access to clean water, substandard and polluted housing, and toxic dumping. We know that globally 8 million people die annually from illnesses directly attributable to air pollution, primarily from the burning of fossil fuels. If present trends continue, the world is facing a catastrophic increase in global temperature between 3.7 and 6 degrees celsius by the end of the century. As temperatures rise, vector-born diseases, such as malaria, dengue, yellow fever and lyme are expected to spike. In addition, further global warming will magnify the already disastrous health impacts of fossil fuel pollution, hunger and malnutrition due to desertification, devastation and displacement from severe weather events and sea level rise, all leading to immeasurable human suffering and economic ruination.

CNA/NNOC is committed to providing relief for communities impacted by extreme weather events and environmental injustice both in the US and around the world. We are committed to supporting policy measures to protect, air, food, and water services for all people. We support the Paris Accord, the transition from fossil fuels to a clean energy sector. We will continue to work in our communities, nationally and internationally, to build a powerful movement for environmental and climate justice with the life-and-death urgency the this task requires.

Resolution on Environmental and Climate Justice »

Nurses Stand Up in Climate March Actions Across the Country

Registered nurse members of National Nurses United (NNU) will join with thousands of others across the nation in climate march actions this Saturday, April 29, calling particular attention to how climate change and environmental pollution threaten the health and safety of their patients.

National Nurses United
April 28, 2017

Nurses: Keystone XL Pipeline Still Significant Threat to Public Health and Climate Change

Nurses remain adamantly opposed to construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, and will continue to speak out and join public protests against the project, warning of the consequences for public health and the acceleration of the damaging effects of the climate crisis, said National Nurses United today.

National Nurses United
March 24, 2017

Nurses Applaud San Luis Obispo County Vote to Uphold Rejection of Phillips 66 Train Project

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United welcomed the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors vote to uphold the Planning Commission's rejection of a controversial proposal by Phillip 66 to transport millions of gallons of crude tar sands oil through the county by rail every week.

California Nurses Association
March 15, 2017
Stop silicosis

The Human Cost Of Trump's Rollback On Regulations

WASHINGTON - If Tom Ward had to die from his work, he'd rather fall off a scaffold than endure the slow death his father did from the debilitating lung disease silicosis.

By Dave Jamieson writing for The Huffington Post
April 17, 2017

McAllen denies drilling permit

In front of packed chambers at city hall, with many sporting anti-drilling stickers, the commission denied a drilling permit to Texakoma, a gas and oil company from Plano. The application was for a drilling site near North 10th Street and Northgate Lane. The well would be drilled horizontally, underneath 10th Street, and would terminate near North Colonel Rowe.

Mitchell Ferman, The Monitor
April 4, 2017

Maryland Senate just voted 35-10 to ban fracking in the state

The Maryland Senate just voted 35-10 to ban fracking in Maryland! Since the House already passed the bill and Governor Hogan promised to sign it, we're about to ban fracking in Maryland.

Food & Water Watch
April 4, 2017
Athena Watkins, RN, spoke against offshore drilling at a rally

Nurses Speakout Against Offshore Drilling in Santa Monica

Athena Watkins, RN, spoke against offshore drilling at a rally in Santa Monica Pier in early February.

California Nurses Association
February 6, 2018
RNs at Ban-Fracking and Off-Shore Drilling rally

NNOC/NNU Co-Hosted a Ban-Fracking and Off-Shore Drilling rally

NNOC/NNU Co-Hosted a Ban-Fracking and Off-Shore Drilling rally with several organizations including Food and Water Watch, Ocenana Florida, Organize Florida, and Floridians Against Fracking.

National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United
December 10, 2017
Brian Ferrer, RN speaks before LA city health commission

Nurses speak out: Urban drilling does not belong in our communities!

Brian Ferrer, RN, has a front row seat to the health consequences and sees what happens to patients exposed to our environmental toxins.

National Nurses United
November 17, 2017