- David Plazas serves as the director of engagement and opinion for USA TODAY Network Tennessee.
Climate change solutions do not involve policy decisions from governments alone. Individuals matter too.
One person’s actions combined with the collective will can go a long way to create a more sustainable planet.
To act, a citizen doesn’t need to be a climate scientist. In a recent guest essay Dr. Reed Omary from Nashville wrote that he was making climate change his resolution for 2022.
On this episode of the Tennessee Voices podcast, he expounded upon his essay and also talked about using the power of storytelling as a more effective tool than simply regurgitating numbers to make the case for others to act as well.
In his essay, he described a “healthcare starter package” that includes three ways to address the climate crisis.
- Educate others
- Keep asking questions
- Incorporate daily management practices
Americans must be able to communicate with one another and respond to other’s concerns and misgivings in order to address and challenge misinformation.
An important point for Omary is that the state of the planet is connected to the overall health of individual patients and whole populations.
His 2022 resolution is another way for him to heal others.
Reed Omary offers Op-EdAs a medical doctor, this is how I’m making climate action my 2022 resolution| Opinion
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David Plazas is the director of opinion and engagement for the USA TODAY Network Tennessee and an editorial board member of The Tennessean. Tweet to him at @davidplazas.