How to Survive Extreme Heat

Extreme heat is a burgeoning environmental exposure unleashed by our climate crisis. Exposure causes significant morbidity and mortality among vulnerable and often underserved populations, i.e., children and the elderly, pregnant women, outdoor workers, low-income inner-city residents, homeless people, and communities of color. Mental illness is an additional underlying factor that places a sub-set of already vulnerable populations at even higher risk of morbidity and mortality from exposure to extreme heat. More extreme and frequent heat waves are now a periodic regular occurrence.

The resources on this page will help you, your loved ones and those you work with to protect against extreme heat.

Dr. Robin Cooper also worked with a local high school to support the Chinese translation of the infographics for her project. The teacher, Regina Liu at Lick-Wilmerding High School, seized this valuable educational opportunity and has implemented further education in environmental health and impacts for her students. The students have been hard at work with their own environmental projects and created posters to raise awareness about various issues including: air pollution in China, fast fashion's environmental impact, coral reef bleaching, etc. Students have disseminated the information to various organizations, on campus at Lick-Wilmerding High School and to students at Balboa High School, on social media, and to friends and family across the globe. We are excited to share their enthusiasm, hard work and success! Check out their materials here.

The EaRTH Center thanks Dr. Robin Cooper and our collaborators: Climate Psychiatry Alliance, UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Zuckerberg San Francisco Department of Psychiatry for their work on this critical toolkit. Read more about Dr. Cooper's project in a blog post here. The NIEHS also featured this work.


Posters & Handouts

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Social Media Infographics





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