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.
Medact is a London-based public health charity that works on environmental health, amongst other things. Medact is the lead organiser of the Doctors Against Diesel campaign which comprises a wide range of academics and clinicians who are concerned about the...read more
Our response to the government’s consultation on its draft of a UK Air Quality Planread more
This is the launch event for a new Yorkshire-based local group for Medact! The event will include an introduction to Medact for newcomers, a discussion on the role of the health community in responding to fracking at a local level (* speakers TBA *), and an...read more
As health professionals and supporters of health divestment, we are calling on the British Medical Association to phase out its investments in fossil fuel companies and immediately commit to a fossil free future.read more