The health of people and the health of the planet are inextricably linked. Now, as evidence of the devastating effects of climate change on human health shifts from scientific projections to the daily news, health leaders are realizing their responsibility toward this crisis.
This includes mitigating the worst effects, preparing their communities, and responding to the impacts as they come. But what does this mean in practice? This report seeks to equip health leaders with an understanding of what they need to know about the threats and opportunities that climate change creates for health.
It outlines their unique role as innovators and influencers, and 10 key actions they can prioritize to respond. There was a time when, for many working in healthcare, the climate crisis was someone else’s problem – the impacts would happen far away, or long into the future.