The 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge is a GGHH initiative to mobilize health care institutions around the globe to protect public health from climate change.
We know that climate change is already exacerbating a wide range of health problems the world over. Health care is uniquely positioned to play a leading role in addressing climate change, which The Lancet has called the greatest health threat of the 21st century.
In order to protect local and global health from climate change and its sources, the world needs to move toward an economy based on clean, renewable, healthy energy. Indeed, a transition to a clean energy economy will benefit both the climate and public health.
Health care providers—hospitals, health systems and government health institutions— from more than 20 countries have already joined the 2020 Challenge and committed to taking meaningful action.
Are you up to the Challenge?
Any hospital, health system, or health organization can join the 2020 Challenge. By doing so, they are granted automatic membership in GGHH.
The Challenge and pledge are based on three main pillars:
- Mitigation – Reducing health care’s own carbon footprint and/or fostering low carbon health care.
- Resilience – Preparing for the impacts of extreme weather and the shifting burden of disease.
- Leadership – Educating staff and the public while promoting policies to protect public health from climate change.
Visit the 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge section for more information, lists of participants, and information on how to join.
The 2020 Challenge currently has 135 participants, representing the interest of more than 10,000 hospitals and health centers in 23 countries. Click here to access the list of Participants