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.
Divestment: Medical Students call on the British Medical Association to sell fossil fuel investments
It is nearly three years since members of the British Medical Association (BMA) first called for fossil fuel divestment. Despite passing a resolution on climate change that referenced divestment in 2014, there has been no commitment made to begin the process. In...read more
This is the last in a series of health focused events during Global Divestment Mobilisation week. Please join us at the HUS bar, Liverpool where organisers of fossil free health, the health divestment campaign, will discuss why now, more than ever, health...read more
Happy NHS Sustainability Day! A national day of action across the health sector to highlight the important role of sustainability in health service delivery. Hospital environments that promote food which is both healthy and sustainable are absolutely key to the...read more
A response has been received from Prime Minister Theresa May to the letter signed by nearly 300 doctors and other health professionals in February 2017, which called for action on diesel-related air pollution. In her response she recognises that diesel is a...read more