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The UK NHS produces more CO2 than any other public sector organisation in Europe

(NHS Sustainable Development Unit)

 

Reducing carbon emissions in our workplaces and advocating for change is more effective, and more fun, with support from fellow health professionals.

Many of your colleagues are as concerned as you are about the health effects of climate change.

Huge health dividends.. will accrue if we take decisive action now to address climate change. Not only will the world be healthier by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but we will be healthier also.

Dr Richard Horton, Editor of The Lancet and CHC Member

As health professionals, we are members of numerous networks and linked to colleagues in our workplaces and across our countries and the world. Communicating with colleagues and acting together we can galvanise moves to tackle climate change and promote health equity.

From policies to promote active lifestyles, to individual behaviour changes, to international agreements on emissions reductions, our unified health voice can promote positive moves to protect the environment and protect health.

 

Here are some ideas from health professionals

At hospitals in Bristol and Warwick, junior doctors have organised a showings of Age of Stupid,an environmental movie staring Pete Postlethwaite as a man living alone in the devastated future world of 2055 and asking: "Why didn't we stop climate change when we had the chance?"

Trevor Payne, at University College London Hospital, ran an extremely successful challenge to encourage the hospital caterers to offer a low carbon dish.

 

What will you do?

1. You could ask a colleague for their ideas on how to reduce your workplace's carbon footprint. Discussions with colleagues can generate and crystalise ideas on how to advocate for change.

2. Put a Climate and Health Council poster on noticeboards at work, and read and distribute a flier about sustainability and health - available at www.climateandhealth.org/files.html

3. You could organise a talk or event at work to inform and engage colleagues, similar to the examples above.


Visit Persuade to find out how you can join members of the Climate and Health Council and influence government action to protect health from climate change.

Further organisations that you can be involved with and resources that you can share with colleagues are listed on the CHC Resources page.