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 challenge the world’s dependence on fossil fuels, including campaigning for renewable energy.
We promote sustainable consumption.
A concert to honour the work of GBPSR and IPPNW co-founder Dr. Bernard Lown, who, together with Dr. Evgeny Chazov of the Soviet Union, accepted the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize on IPPNW’s behalf
Ahead of COP 26, learn how to be an effective spokesperson in the media and make an impact by speaking out about health and climate
Our Climate & Health Research Group will be meeting on Wednesday 8th September to discuss ongoing projects in the build up to COP 26.
We’ll hear from grassroots organisers within the BMA organising for climate justice and how we can get the BMA to support a transformative green new deal.