RSPN launches “Manual on Climate Change and Health”

H.E. launching the publication25 April 2010 – The Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) launched an educational manual titled, "Manual on Climate Change and Health" on 25th

His Excellency Lyonpo Zangley Dukpa, the Minister for Health graced as the Guest of Honour for the event. In his key note address to about one hundred fifteen participants from various sectors, he said that it was timely for RSPN to launch the book coinciding with the 16th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit with the theme on Climate Change.

He also applauded the RSPN’s efforts in supplementing the Royal Government in creating awareness on conservational issues in the country and urged to continue such initiatives. "The publication will be more useful for common people to understand some basic terms of climate change", he said. He added that it will also benefit young people in knowing the climate change better which will culminate in adopting environmentally friendly practices.

The Executive Director of the RSPN, Dr. Lam Dorji said that the publication hopes to promote the level of awareness on cause and effects of the rapidly changing impacts of climate as it relates to the people’s health more directly.

The publication, aimed for young adults, hopes to have greater impact on everyday lives of common people since it highlights the effects of climate change and global warming in a simpler terms and relates to one’s own activities that would affect the global climate. April 2010 at Taj Tashi, Thimphu.  It also identifies some alternatives that would reduce global warming with personal responsibilities and initiatives.

The six chapters in the book introduces our youths to the basics of climate science, global warming and to the linkages between climate change and human health.

The manual was developed with financial support from World Health Organization (WHO) and will be distributed to schools and institutions.

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