Climate Change is impacting on Social values, in a similar way that is affect Economic and Environmental values. Listed below are some examples taken from the Victorian Climate Change Adaption Plan. A link to the plan is provided below.
- In the short term, there are likely to be intense surges in health services demand arising from extreme events, such as bushfires and floods, and involving: injuries and fatalities, respiratory related illness, water-borne diseases and increased incidence of mental illness from trauma.
- There may be cumulative increases in health services demand arising from potential changes, for example possible increases vector-borne diseases such as Murray Valley Encephalitis and Ross River Virus.
- There may be increased pressures on services for the aged, the chronically ill and those experiencing economic hardship or social disadvantage. For example, heatwaves worsen health issues amongst the elderly who have a higher risk of suffering heat stress and heat related morbidity.
- Extreme events may affect regional service delivery, both through damage to health and wellbeing infrastructure and through impacts on energy systems and transport, disrupting access to services or workplaces and interrupting business operations.
- Increased risk of extreme weather events may cause loss or damage to government-funded infrastructure such as hospitals, healthcare facilities and public housing.
- loss of physical infrastructure may decrease community connectedness, a critical factor that enables communities to adapt.
- Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultural heritage sites and places may be increasingly disturbed and damaged due to fire events, floods, storm surges, sea-level rise and other extreme events.