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Health Care and Climate Change

HEALTH CARE AND CLIMATE CHANGE CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS EVERYONE'S HEALTH Around the world, climate change is one of the greatest threats to our health today. Climate change can lead to temperature-related illness and death, infectious diseases, injuries and illnesses due to extreme weather events, and water borne diseases. Children, the elderly, the poor, and people with underlying health conditions face the greatest risks from climate change. 44 WHILE SEEKING TO DO Health care Health care is the second largest GOOD, HEALTH CARE HAS A RESPONSIBILITY represents 20% of the U.S. and 10% of the global economies. energy consumer in the U.S. and a major contributor to greenhouse gases. TO AVOID DOING HARM HEALTH CARE IS IN A UNIQUE POSITION TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE Hospitals need to prepare for extreme weather events and be anchors of resilience in their Just as they did with tobacco, health professionals can play a critical role as messengers for energy and climate policies that protect health. Health systems should reduce their own carbon footprint and make the transition to renewable energy and low carbon supply chains. communities. HEALTH CARE'S ECONOMIC, POLITICAL, AND MORAL INFLUENCE CAN REBRAND CLIMATE CHANGE AS A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE Health benefits and climate mitigation Health carec an validate the Everyone can join in efforts to reduce the threat of climate cost savings can drive public policy and investment decisions. transition to a renewable change and help build more resilient and healthier communities. energy economy. Health Care Without Harm @HCWithoutHarm

Health Care and Climate Change

shared by HCWH on Jun 17
Around the world, climate change poses one of the biggest threats to human health. In order to First Do No Harm, health care has an ethical duty to address climate change.


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