Climate change is affecting the health of both people and the planet right now. It will affect the most fundamental determinants of health: water, food, air and which infectious diseases we are exposed to. This is something that health bodies around the world have sought to highlight time and again through statements, declarations and calls to action.
Medact is working with the major health institutions in the UK to take this commitment further by divesting from the fossil fuel industry. In 2018, the Royal College of GPs, the Faculty of Public Health and the British Psychological Society have all committed divest from the fossil fuel industry. As a community committed to improving health worldwide, we hope that more health organisations such as the Royal Colleges and will remove their investments from an industry whose very business model threatens to completely undermine human and planetary health.
For more information on what divestment is, why it’s important and how it works, you can:
read our Unhealthy Investments & How to Divest a Health Institution reports
watch our short film Divest Health
Join our Fossil Free Health campaign
We are a network of doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and students working hard to accelerate the transition to clean energy that is urgently needed to avert catastrophic climate change.
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