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Table 5 Proportion of participants’ responses to the rating of climate and health mitigation and adaptation interventions (N = 66)

From: Environmental health practitioners potentially play a key role in helping communities adapt to climate change

  bProportion of participants (N = 66)
n (%)
Highest priority (1) (2) (3) (4) Lowest priority (5)
Providing public drinking water fountains 25 (37.8) 14 (21.4) 17 (25.8) 4 (6.0) 6 (9.0)
Providing water fountains in school playgrounds 28 (42.2) 11 (16.8) 17 (25.9) 4 (6.1) 6 (9.0)
Providing shade in school playgrounds 30 (45.4) 17 (25.7) 12 (18.4) 1 (1.5) 6 (9.0)
Building bicycling lanes in local communities 20 (30.3) 8 (12.1) 20 (30.3) 6 (9.0) 12 (18.3)
Providing bicycles to poor communities 16 (24.2) 12 (18.2) 14 (21.2) 12 (18.2) 12 (18.2)
Scaling up the planting of trees to provide shade during heat waves 41 (61.1) 8 (12.3) 7 (10.8) 4 (6.4) 6 (9.4)
Providing swimming pools at schools and in communities 9 (13.6) 12 (18.2) 20 (30.0) 16 (24.4) 9 (13.8)
Promoting vegetable gardening 39 (59.0) 14 (21.2) 5 (7.5) 2 (3.3) 6 (9.0)
Promoting insulation of housesa 26 (39.3) 23 (35.1) 11 (16.9) 3 (5.4) 2 (3.3)
Raising standards for storm water drainage 36 (54.5) 14 (21.3) 11 (16.6) 0 (0.0) 5 (7.6)
Lobbying for climate conscious housing settlements (e.g. walkability, dwelling orientation, insulation and tree planting) 32 (48.4) 18 (27.2) 9 (13.6) 0 (0.0) 7 (10.8)
Strengthening climate and health research programmes 34 (51.5) 20 (30.3) 5 (7.5) 2 (3.0) 5 (7.7)
Instituting community-based early warning systems for adverse weather events. 37 (56.0) 17 (25.7) 6 (9.0) 2 (3.0) 4 (6.3)
Public education programmes (e.g. importance of buying locally produced goods) a 32 (48.4) 12 (18.4) 15 (23.4) 1 (1.5) 5 (8.3)
Providing a public building (e.g. hall, recreation centre or school) with air conditioning for vulnerable groups during heat waves. 17 (25.7) 16 (24.2) 20 (30.3) 7 (10.6) 6 (9.2)
  1. Note. a1 value missing. b According to a Likert scale from highest priority (scored 1) to lowest priority (scored 5)