Climate action and our Health

Niamh Shaw, Science Communicator in Residence at the Community Garden Abbeyleix 
Picture: Alf Harvey.

The very important issue of climate action links to the 2020 theme for Science Week of Choose our Future. While climate action might sometimes feel overwhelming and even cause some anxiety it is important that we try to find the middle ground and this starts with each one of us.

On last night’s #climateaction discussion with Dr. Niamh Shaw we learned about the topic of Climate action and our health, how to live more consciously and how if we can feel more connected to the environment, we may find more balance.
Prof Eric Morgan of Queen’s University Belfast spoke about the effects of climate change on animal health. We heard about the gift of nature and the power of healing in planting and the environment from Fr. Paddy Byrne and how we can achieve wonderful things through calmness, optimism and mother nature.
Eilish Fitzpatrick, of Blackhill Woods spoke about slowing our breathing and self-care and the ways in which we can all play our own individual roles in looking after our surrounding areas.
Midlands Science is delighted to be a partner to this local community project as part of Science Week as it really shows the impact an awareness of science can have on the choices we make.