The Health and Environmental Benefits of Solar Energy

The fact that the sun is an excellent free provider of clean energy for American homes and businesses comes as no surprise. But did you also know that solar energy can bring about many life-saving health benefits?
The science has shown that public health challenges will increase as the climate crisis worsens, even while people are living in these homes and operating these businesses.
In this article, we’ve decided to offer a different perspective on why everyone should be supporting clean and renewable energy, namely that clean energy will support healthier living environments. We want clean energy to be for everyone, and this also means that we want all the benefits associated with clean energy to be felt by everyone.
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The Climate Crisis is a Public Health Crisis

To understand the health benefits of clean energy, we have to zoom in on the clear link between the burning of fossil fuels and the climate crisis. Fossil fuels are the main driver of this accelerating crisis, and according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, climate change is affecting people’s health in two main ways:
  • People that face health problems will see a change in the severity or frequency.
  • There will be new or unanticipated health problems in people or places where they have not been before.
It’s crucial that we support clean energy uptake so we can avoid new or worsening health problems. We have compiled a few climate change issues associated with public health problems that contextualize why clean energy adoption is so important now.
  • Extreme Heat. Heat waves and extreme heat were once a rare occurrence, but with the onset of the fossil-fueled climate crisis, they are becoming more frequent. Extreme heat has various health issues associated with it, such as hospitalizations for cardiovascular, kidney, and respiratory disorders, and can lead to people dying.
  • Warmer temperatures lead to expanded disease-carrying ranges. Due to climate change, the range of insects carrying diseases like fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes can expand. According to the CDC, North Americans are currently at risk from numerous diseases such as Lyme, Dengue Fever, West Nile disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, plague, and tularemia.
According to the CDC, climate change will impact the timing and duration of the pollen season each year, as well as the quantity of pollen produced by plants and its presence in the air.
According to the CDC, climate change will impact the timing and duration of the pollen season each year, as well as the quantity of pollen produced by plants and its presence in the air.

Clean Energy now

By switching to solar and other renewable energies, the subsequent reduction in fossil fuel emissions will help our planet mitigate global warming and avoid public health complications.
To learn more about the health and environmental benefits of solar energy, check out our Palmetto Blog. What did you find interesting? Let us know in the comments!
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  • zelda ninga

    50 w

    Solar power should be a priority, our government should help with the pricing of solar systems to be more affordable for all

    • Munene Mugambi

      50 w

      One thing we can all agree on is the effectiveness and goodness of solar energy

      • winnie nguru

        50 w

        Green sustainable energy is what we all need. has immense benefits and is affordable for most people

        • Sarah Chabane

          51 w

          Very insightful, I read once about how ticks will multiply with global warming and it was terrifying. Let's prioritize renewables for public health

          • Marine Stephan

            51 w

            The climate crisis really (negatively) impacts all sectors and aspects of life, and so do the climate solutions (positively in this case). Thanks for highlighting the fact that the climate crisis is also a public health issue!

            • Tabitha Kimani

              51 w

              The right to life should be safeguarded by ensuring that the world transitions to clean energy.

              • Ford Brodeur

                51 w

                The climate crisis is also elongating the pollen season? I'll have to get more allergy medicine 😢

                • Sarah Chabane

                  51 w

                  @ford_brodeur_ yes, it's terrible... ruining wines for us as well :(

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