The 2021 United Nations climate negotiations in November (COP26) are a critical moment and opportunity to put the world on a path that protects people from catastrophic climate change. The health community around the world is coming together to send a message to national leaders and country delegations, calling for real action to address the climate crisis.
The US healthcare system is the greatest polluter of any industrialized healthcare system in the world, responsible for 8.5% of the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Between 2010 and 2018, the US sector’s emissions rose 6% – a correlation associated with increasing demand and investment.
Doctors and medical practitioners representing some of the largest associations and networks of public health professionals today called upon South Asian Governments to phase out fossil fuels - oil, gas and coal - to avert the twin crisis of air pollution and climate change. They also endorsed the Fossil Fuel Treaty and called for a just and fair transition that puts people’s health first.
Josh Karliner, International Director for Program and Strategy, Health Care Without Harm urges health leaders globally to lead by example to chart a course toward zero emissions health care across three pathways: health care delivery and operations, the global supply chain, and the broader economy.
Health care systems across the world join UN Race to Zero in the world-first commitment for ambitious climate action from a sector at the frontlines of the Covid-19 crisis.
May 24, 2021
BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hospitals and other healthcare facilities worldwide can prepare better for both climate change and future pandemics by adopting green technology and cutting planet-heating emissions from their operations and supply chains, health experts said on Wednesday.
On April 14, 2021, Health Care Without Harm, in collaboration with Arup, launched The Global Road Map for Health Care Decarbonization: a navigational tool for achieving zero emissions with climate resilience and health equity. The Road Map is the first of its kind to chart a global health care course to zero emissions by 2050.
April 12, 2021