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.
Health & Climate Justice at COP26 ─ health community letter to the UK Government and COP26 leadership
With just under a year to go until the COP26 climate talks start in Glasgow, the UK Government is far off track to meeting its legally binding emissions targets. To make matters worse, it was recently revealed that fossil fuel companies, including BP, Shell and...
With a year to go until the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, it’s time for the Scottish government to commit to serious action on climate change!
Join us to help amplify the health call for a just & green recovery for Scotland. RSVP to receive the action guide containing draft social media posts and emails that you can use to share the letter with your networks!
This November, COP26 was due to take place in Glasgow. To mark this moment, the COP26 Coalition is hosting From the Ground Up – a global gathering providing the space to educate, strategise and co-ordinate, to build power and connect within our global justice...