We care about healthy living in San Luis Obispo County. That is why we are concerned about climate change. Now is the time to come together as a community and talk about how climate change is affecting our well-being. The good news is, many actions that help limit climate change also improve the health of our families and community.
“I take climate change and health personally because I want a hopeful future for my children. Our family bikes when we can. We also go to SLO’s farmer’s market – my daughter loves picking out just the right basket of strawberries!”
– Dr. Penny Borenstein,
SLO Resident and County Health Officer
Climate change threatens our health now and will impact our way of life. We can see
some of these changes today in the United States and right here in SLO, including:
Climate change affects everyone. People at greater risk include: children, seniors, people with
chronic diseases, outdoor workers, people living in poverty, and some communities of color.
Choose Healthy and Climate Friendly Food
What we choose to eat everyday matters for our health and the climate.
Our food system is a major contributor to climate change. The production, packaging, and movement of certain types of foods have a larger impact on our climate than others. A climate friendly food system uses less energy to get things from the farm to our fork.
What you can do:
- Eat more local fresh fruits and vegetables
- Shop at farmers markets in SLO County
- Grow your own vegetables in your backyard and at a community garden
“Food produced in our local food system is climate friendly and increases flavor and nutrition because transportation and storage are minimized, and growers can allow their fruits and vegetables to ripen naturally.”
– SLO County Local Food Policy
Choose Healthy and Climate Friendly Travel
How we get where we need to go matters for our health and the climate.
In California, transportation is one of the biggest contributors to climate change. Climate friendly travel, including walking, biking and taking the bus are all good for our health and the climate. It increases physical activity, can reduce heart disease, obesity and depression, and reduces air pollution which is climate friendly.
What you can do:
- Walk or bike instead of driving
- Use public transportation
- Support safe places to walk and ride bikes
OutsideIn SLO is sponsored by San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department and the California Department of Public Health. The following are partners in this campaign.
San Luis Obispo County WIC Program
San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG)
San Luis Obispo Regional Rideshare
STRIDE at Cal Poly State University
San Luis Obispo County Planning and Building
The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County
One Cool Earth
Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County
Central Coast Grown
Diringer and Associates
Citizen’s Climate Lobby in San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo County Obesity Prevention Program
San Luis Obispo County Family Health Services