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
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