The Health Policy Partnership has joined over 600 organisations in signing a letter which calls on governments around the world to take urgent action on climate change, and to recognise the importance of health in climate change discussions.
Recent announcements from the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) show that policy change is being agreed, but needs to happen faster, as climate change continues to pose a significant threat to population health.
The Healthy Climate Prescription letter addresses heads of state and lead climate negotiators, setting out six policy actions that need to be taken immediately to combat climate change. It also highlights that healthcare workers are already responding to health problems caused by climate change.
HPP Managing Director Suzanne Wait commented:
‘We have come to recognise that improving population health, building more resilient health systems and protecting the environment are mutually reinforcing goals and have to be looked at jointly. HPP fully supports the actions set out in the letter.’
The letter is supported by the Global Climate and Health Alliance and the World Health Organization, and has been signed by over 3,600 individuals.
Read the letter