It’s been on the news, in documentaries, movie stars and former politicians are speaking out about it: Climate Change. But what does it mean, and why does it matter for you personally? As the climate changes, things like extreme storms, floods, poor air quality, and drought can affect the health of the public. People with fewer resources in place to handle emergencies or health threats (such as not having an air conditioner in times of extreme heat, for example) are even more likely to suffer the impacts of climate change. But the choices we make each day can have a positive impact on the climate, and on the health and well-being of your friends and neighbors. Explore the resources below to learn about the simple, affordable, everyday choices you can make for a healthier Kings County!
Resources and Contacts Climate Friendly Travel:
Kings County Association of Governments (KCAG):
KCAG is a metropolitan planning organization looking at planning and transportation projects within the County of Kings and the cities of Avenal, Corcoran, Hanford, and Lemoore. KCAG heads Sustainable Communities Strategy planning, as well as consideration of public transit and active transportation efforts (e.g. bike paths, pedestrian bridges) in addition to large-scale planning projects. “Effective government begins with public involvement. KCAG takes this very seriously and appreciates citizen feedback on our planning endeavors.” Check out the KCAG Website for current opportunities for involvement: http://www.kingscog.org/get_involved
Kings County Asthma Coalition: The Kings County Asthma Coalition dates back to at least 2003 in response to the high rate of asthma in the San Joaquin Valley (22% of children had been diagnosed as of 2005). The group’s current strategic plan includes consideration of efforts to improve air quality and reduce emissions, as well as provide education on the importance of clean air for the health of the public, and our environment. Currently a workgroup of the Kings Partnership for Prevention, find out more here: http://kings.thehcn.net/index.php?module=Tiles&controller=index&action=display&alias=AsthmaPrevention or Contact RusselRA@ah.org to get involved.
Ridesharing & Public Transit: Ridesharing and public transportation are great ways to help the environment, and keep a little more money in your wallet! Find out more about these smart transportation choice resources available in Kings:
- Your comprehensive transportation resource, Rideshare.org allows you to enter a start and end location to explore options for carpool, buses, trains, vanpools, and shuttles/taxis: http://rideshare.org/
- Cal Vans offers vanpooling services in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Tulare, Imperial and Ventura. You can join an existing vanpool or create one of your own! Office: (866) 655-5444 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Online: http://www.calvans.org/
- Kings Area Rural Transit (KART) is Kings County’s public transportation provider. Taking a KART bus is affordable and environmentally friendly. Visit http://mykartbus.com/ to see schedules, routes, and enter your phone number to receive real-time bus info! Office: 559-582-5003
Healthy and Climate Friendly Food:
Farmer’s Markets: It doesn’t get much more fresh and local than this!
- Hanford: Thursday Night Market Place, Downtown Hanford, May – September, 5:30 – 9:00 pm
- Avenal: Rice Park, June 16th and July – October, 2nd Friday of the month 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Healthy Eating Workgroup: Do you have ideas for how to promote a healthy eating landscape here in Kings County? Maybe you have knowledge or experience working to promote local food or sustainable food systems? Contact the Kings Partnership for Prevention (KPFP) Healthy Eating Workgroup: http://kings.thehcn.net/index.php?module=Tiles&controller=index&action=display&alias=HealthyEating or email email@example.com
Other Climate Friendly Resources:
- Utility Assistance: The Kings Community Action Organization (KCAO) offers low-income individuals and families assistance with paying utility bills, home weatherization, and even replacing your inefficient toilet with a low-flow option. Visit http://www.kcao.org/utilities/ for more information, or call 559-415-7244 for an appointment.
- Energy Savings Assistance: Proteus offers services on weatherization, pool-pump replacement, air conditioner and refrigerator replacement to eligible families. For a full list of services and more information, visit http://www.proteusinc.org/index.php/energy-services or call 1-888-255-2142
Looking for a presentation on Climate & Health for a school/community group or professional organization? Please contact Darcy.Pickens@co.kings.ca.us or call 559-584-1411