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SEPTEMBER 2022

WHY WE NEED A GLOBAL TREATY TO PHASE OUT FOSSIL FUELS AND PROTECT HEALTH

Source: https://fossilfueltreaty.org/health-letter

More than 1000 health professionals and nearly 200 health organizations from around the world – including the World Health Organization – are calling upon governments to lay out a legally binding global plan to phase out fossil fuel use, in order to protect the health of people around the world. Joining the WHO other major signatories include the International Pediatric Association, the World Medical Association, the Alliance of Nurses for a Healthy Environment, and the World Federation of Public Health Associations.

 

Despite nice sounding promises at international fora, recent analysis by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Energy Agency indicates a sobering reality: major economies are sharply increasing support for the production and consumption of coal, oil and natural gas, with support for fossil fuels almost doubling in 2021, slowing progress toward international climate goals.

 

GCHA, together with the World Health Organization and health civil society and academic partners, have been monitoring this trend, and in August filed a joint submission to the UNFCCC Global Stocktake, which will assess progress countries have or haven’t made in implementing the Paris Agreement, and how much countries must increase the ambition of their national climate action plans (the NDCs) in order to limit warming to the targets set in the Paris Agreement 

 

We are well past time for governments to tackle head on the root causes of climate change. As Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, said, “The modern addiction to fossil fuels is not just an act of environmental vandalism. From the health perspective, it is an act of self-sabotage”. (continues, click on FIND OUT MORE button below)


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NEWS

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LATEST RESEARCH

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CLIMATE CHANGE IS THE GREATEST THREAT TO HEALTH - TACKLING IT IS A BIG PUBLIC HEALTH OPPORTUNITY (video)

IS CHILE'S DIET SUSTAINABLE? RESEARCH COMPARES IT TO PLANETARY HEALTH DIET

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HEALTH VOICES

Photo: WHO / Lindsay Mackenzie

“The modern addiction to fossil fuels is not just an act of environmental vandalism. From the health perspective, it is an act of self-sabotage”.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization
Photo: http://drcourtneyhoward.ca/about/
“To be healthy, our patients need a stable climate as well as employment that helps them house, feed, and support their families. We need to have conversations with people living in resource-dependent communities to ask fossil fuel workers about what support they need in order to transition to putting their skills to work in the low-carbon economy that all of our children need for a healthy future”.
Dr Courtney Howard, Emergency Physician in the subarctic, Co-Chair for advocacy of the WHO-Civil Society Working Group and Past-President of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
 

“A just, healthy and rapid transition away from fossil fuels to cleaner, more sustainable energy sources is imperative both for human and planetary health. The entire life cycle of fossil fuels from mining, fracking, combustion and disposal of end products is fraught with health hazards. A fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty will provide critical and timely impetus to our efforts to address air pollution and the climate crisis. Safeguarding the lives and livelihoods of communities involved in coal-mining must also receive due attention.”
Poornima Prabhakaran, MD, Director of the Centre for Environmental Health at the Public Health Foundation of India
 
Photo source: https://med.umn.edu/news-events/medical-bulletin/mission-critica

“Leaving fossil fuels in the ground, where they belong, is a common sense public health measure. A rapid, just transition away from fossil fuels is an investment in health equity. For my patients, clean air is medicine, and the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, the prescription."
Laalitha Surapaneni, practicing internal medicine physician and national board member of Physicians for Social Responsibility
Photo: HCWH

“Fossil fuels are a key driver of climate change and pollution - affecting people worldwide but most insidiously vulnerable populations and low- and middle-income countries that suffer from higher exposure. The phase out of fossil fuels is the single most important public health intervention we can achieve”.
Diana Picon Manyari, International Climate Director of Health Care Without Harm
 
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COMMUNITY

Health organizations are invited to become members of the Global Climate and Health Alliance.

We welcome GCHA new members:

CLAS Coalition for Americas' Health

www.clasonline.org

Youth Association for Development Pakistan

http://www.yad.org.pk

Vital Strategies

www.vitalstrategies.org

Population, Health, Environment Ethiopia Consortium

http://www.phe-ethiopia.org

Pathfinder International

https://www.pathfinder.org/

Race & Health

https://www.raceandhealth.org/

PATH

https://www.path.org/

SAF-TESO

https://safteso.netlify.app/

The Health Inequality Studies Group

https://healthinequalitystudies.org

Amoru AIDS Support Community Initiative

nicho.engwau@gmail.com

SIBSA - Sociedad Iberoamericana de Salud Ambiental

https://www.saludambiental.org/


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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

*** Submissions open *** Ride for their Lives 2022 seeks health groups for events

****Coming soon*** WHO’s online course, “Climate Change Negotiations and Health” will soon be updated to incorporate additional COP27-specific content.

 

15 September: Deadline to submit an application for a side event at the WHO Health Pavilion at COP27 More information and submit a side event application. Also, stay tuned for additional information about WHO-civil society collaboration for COP27.

 

19-20 September (United States): Advocacy day by Medical Society Consortium on Climate Change and Health to talk with US lawmakers about equitable implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). More information and registration

 

21 September: Rainforests, Climate and You: Disrupting Climate Finance - a hybrid webinar. Register here

 

22 September: Climate & Health Conference by the UK Faculty of Public Health. Register here

 

26 September: World Environmental Health Day Strengthening Environmental Health Systems

for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals”

 

29 September - 20 October: Climate Change, Disability, and Rehabilitation Workshop; register here
 

3 October: Health and Climate Leadership Training (in Spanish). More information
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