Environmental Justice and Climate Change


Susan E. Pacheco, MD

Ruth A. Etzel, MD, PhD

This special issue of the Journal of Applied Research on Children features articles that contribute to a better understanding of the nexus of environmental justice and climate change. The issue includes articles that explore the physical and mental health effects of climate change on marginalized children, the views of youth on the climate crisis, and efforts to decrease carbon emissions at the community level. Each of us has a role to play in choosing how we respond.

Issue Editor's Point of View


Guest Editors' Introduction
Susan Pacheco and Ruth A. Etzel



Informing Policy on Built Environments to Safeguard Children in Environmental Justice Communities: Case Study of Five AAP Climate Advocates
Katie Durrwachter-Erno MD, Gredia Huerta-Montanez MD, Vivian Nguyen, Aaron A. Levy DO, Jennifer M. Lawson MD, and Vi T. Nguyen MD


The Nexus of Climate Change, COVID-19, and Environmental Justice on Children's Health
Emma Pennea, Laura Anderko, Caroline Moore, and Ruth McDermott-Levy


The effects of cumulative natural disaster exposure on adolescent psychological distress
Gabriella Y. Meltzer, Meghan Zacher PhD, Alexis Merdjanoff PhD, Mai P. Do MD DrPH, NhuNgoc K. Pham MPH, and David Abramson PhD MPH


Chronic Conditions and Pediatric Healthcare Utilization during Warm Weather Days in New York City
Li Niu, Maria Teresa Herrera, Blean Girma, Bian Liu, Jeffrey Glassberg, Leah Schinasi, Jane E. Clougherty, and Perry Sheffield

Original Contribution

Invited Commentary


Pediatric Climate Change Advocacy: A Call to Action for Health Care Providers
Pragya Rai, John I. Sutter, J Gary Wheeler, Robert G. Byron, and Lori G. Byron

Perspective from the Field