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Rachel Marsden thinks the British are trying to impose what she calls the “nanny” declare because they declare the current heat wave a national emergency and advise people to work from home, drink more water and avoid travel. She thinks the Brits can take care of themselves very well if they get too hot.

But heat waves are toughest on the most vulnerable in society, and they need all the help and education governments can offer. Heat-related deaths are entirely preventable, but the Conservatives’ hands-off approach to wellness increases the likelihood that summer heat waves will lead to many deaths.

Since 1979, more than 11,000 Americans have suffered heat-related deaths. And the most vulnerable are the elderly, those in nursing homes, those who live alone, young children, disproportionately African Americans and the homeless. These are not people who can take care of themselves. The CDC recommends various types of outreach to these populations, including educating and providing cooling centers and encouraging states and local communities to have plans to respond to prolonged heat waves.

Marsden sees it all as an effort to use climate change and its effects as an excuse to expand government control over people’s lives. In fact, it is the failure of governments at all levels to protect the vulnerable that has caused so much death and suffering from the effects of climate change. And without meaningful government action here and around the world, it will only get worse.

ELLEN BLAIS

Mansfield

Submitted by Virtual Newsroom



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