According to the Lancet-UCL Commission on Climate Change and Health, climate change could be “sufficient to trigger a discontinuity in the long-term progression of humanity” and “incompatible with an organised global community”.
Yet in spite of this – and the growing consensus around the facts of anthropogenic global warming – greenhouse gas emission rates continue to rise and the likelihood of preventing a two degree increase in average temperatures is quickly diminishing.
In recent years, Medact’s work in this programme has focused on educating the health community about the science of climate change and the threats posed to human health via sea level rise, extreme weather events and loss of agricultural productivity. In addition, we have been supporting the global fossil fuel divestment movement; promoting a transition towards more sustainable forms of food production and consumption; and enabling a more informed debate about what a healthy energy policy would look like.
We aim to promote alternative visions of social and economic development that are consistent with human, environmental and planetary health.
We work for a healthy planet and climate protection.
We challenge the world’s dependence on fossil fuels, including campaigning for renewable energy.
We promote sustainable consumption.
An editorial by Medact and Doctors Against Diesel discussing the government's Air Quality plan, how it does little to ease the crisis in UK towns and cities, and the need to improve public transport, decongest our towns and cities, and encourage more walking and...read more
Members are calling on the British Psychological Society to end its investments in companies in the fossil fuel industry
Are you a member of the British Psychological Society? Members are calling on the British Psychological Society to end its investments in companies in the fossil fuel industry. We have written this Open Letter to the Trustees of the Society following similar calls in...read more
Excellent news about a ban on petrol and diesel cars, but it needs to be expedited Commenting on the government plan to tackle air pollution published today, Professor Jonathan Grigg said: “Although we support the government’s direction of travel to move away from...read more
There is overwhelming evidence that exposure to small particles and gases from fossil-fuel derived air pollution has major adverse consequences on health. Published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, the world’s largest study of air pollution shows...read more