Heat Action Day
Climate change is turning up the heat around the world. But together, we can #BeatTheHeat! Heat Action Day on 2 June is a global day for raising awareness of heat risks and sharing simple ways to #BeatTheHeat.
Why do we need a Heat Action Day?
Heat waves are deadly. Every year, they claim the lives of infants, older people, and people with chronic health conditions around the world. People living in cities and towns tend to be the hardest hit because urban areas are generally hotter than the surrounding countryside.
Due to climate change, heat waves are on the rise globally—getting both hotter and longer. But they don't need to lead to tragedy.
There are simple actions we can all take to protect ourselves, our neighbours, our family members and friends. These include drinking water, resting in the shade, and avoiding outdoor activity in the hottest part of the day.
Heat Action Day on 2 June is a chance to raise awareness about this silent emergency so more people worldwide can stay safe and #BeatTheHeat
How to get involved
Photo: Bangladesh Red Crescent Society
Even though Heat Action Day 2023 has passed, you can still help people to #BeatTheHeat!
- Organize a local heat-related public demonstration or event: We encourage National Societies to organize a local event or activity that raises awareness about the dangers of extreme heat and how to prevent heat-related illnesses. This could include a public demonstration of first aid for heat strokes, water distribution, a community forum, a school visit on heat preparedness, or any other public engagement.
- Share information about heat risks on social media: Help spread the word about heat risks on your social media channels. You can use the hashtag #BeatTheHeat to join the conversation and spread the word about this important issue.
- Organize a flash mob: A flash mob is a fun and creative way to draw attention to the issue of extreme heat. We encourage your society to organize a flash mob in a public space to raise awareness about the dangers of extreme heat and how to prevent heat-related illnesses. You can incorporate dance, music, or other forms of performance art to make your message even more impactful. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to do a flash mob.