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.
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
‘Doctors Against Diesel’ have marched to Downing Street today, to deliver a giant prescription to the Prime Minister, ordering her to deliver tougher action on air pollution to protect children’s lungs ‘every breath, every day’ across the UKread more
It’s time for tougher action on air pollution, to protect children’s lungs – every breath, every day – across the UK. Let’s work together, as health professionals and activists, for clean air.read more
Two years on from the release of our first report on health and fossil fuel investments, "Unhealthy Investments", the divestment movement has grown exponentially and health institutions worldwide have made the decision to divest. To assist with this, Medact have...read more