Climate Change, Public Health and At-Risk Populations in South Dakota
Climate change is happening everywhere. Everyone is a stakeholder. The SDSU Climate Justice Experience highlights the impacts of climate change on public health through, interactive map stories and presentations, as it relates to the socioeconomic, food, and housing security of indigenous and rural populations of South Dakota.
Climate change is a global issue, but impacts can be felt at a personal health level. This provides an opportunity to not only help at-risk communities through public health initiatives but also the opportunity to educate all residents on what they can do to help lessen climate change effects on public health issues in their communities. The SDSU Climate Justice Experience is one public health initiative that can be used by all residents to learn how they can help mitigate the effects of climate change.
Test your knowledge of climate change justice through the Trivia Quiz. Hint, many of the answers can be found within the Climate Justice Experience website.
The SDSU Climate Justice project explores the ways in which climate change has affected the environment of South Dakota through the method of navigable story maps. Explore the two-story maps to learn more about climate change in South Dakota communities.
This activity tells the story of how climate change is changing South Dakota including the topic of extreme weather recently experienced in South Dakota. It looks at the changes in our normal weather patterns and how that changes our way of life. The impacts can be seen from changes in growing seasons of crops and native plants to the changes in seasonal allergies that many are already experiencing. We may also see other public health issues such as increases of infectious diseases carried by insects like ticks and respiratory illnesses caused by dust storms from droughts and smoke form wildfires.
The story map addresses the concern of food accessibility in South Dakota. Food security has been a concern in many states since the turn of the century due to the shift in agricultural demands from individualistic to commercial, but this phenomenon is often experienced more acutely in rural areas and by marginalized communities. South Dakota is largely rural with just a few federally recognized urbanized areas, like Sioux Falls and Rapid City, and has a large population of Native Americans who feel the effects of climate change.
This section shares educational and public health initiatives to improve health and lessen the impacts of climate change within Native American and rural communities in South Dakota.
Discover ongoing educational opportunities, in this section, at SDSU and efforts within South Dakota to help mitigate the impacts of climate change and other public health issues of South Dakota Native American and rural communities.
The fourth component, let’s you answer the questions about climate change and public health.