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.
– a campaign run jointly by Medact and Healthy Planet UK calling on the UK health community to divest from fossil fuels.
“We should push our own organisations to divest from fossil fuel industries completely and as quickly as possible, reinvest in renewable energy sources, and move to “renewable” energy suppliers.”
– Editorial in the British Medical Journal, 26th March 2014
For more information on what divestment is, why it’s important and how it works, and to get involved, read our report Unhealthy Investments and visit the campaign site fossilfreehealth.org
Alison Reid urges midwives to get involved in the fossil fuel divestment movement as a means of acting on climate change. Babies being born today face a future marred by climate breakdown if we do not act urgently. Climate action is far more than an environmental concern – it’s a matter of intergenerational justice and crucial to protect human health.
The UK Faculty of Public Health has ended all investment in gas, oil and coal companies. In doing so it highlights the health impacts of fossil fuel driven climate change. Our Fossil Free Health campaigner, Deirdre Duff, shares the news.
The British Psychological Society is divesting from fossil fuels! It joins a growing number of health organisations that are cutting ties with gas, oil and coal. Dr Deirdre Duff reports on their divestment decision.
Medact is coordinating an open letter from GPs, to the RCGP, to congratulate them on their divestment from fossil fuels and to encourage others to divest.