2020 Health Care Climate Challenge
- About the 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge
- Take on the 2020 Challenge!
- 2020 Challenge participants
- Download the 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge information pack
- Measures overview
- Why should members take on the Challenge?
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 first step is to sign the 2020 Challenge pledge.
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.
2020 Challenge Participants
The 2020 Challenge currently has 160 participants, representing the interests of more than 14,000 hospitals and health centers in 24 countries. Click here to access the list of Participants
Download the 2020 Challenge Information Pack for in depth information and details on the challenge and how your institution can participate.
Why should members take on the Challenge?
By moving toward low carbon health systems, health care can mitigate its own climate impact, save money and lead by example. By becoming more resilient, health care can help prepare for the growing impacts of climate change.
And by providing societal leadership the health sector can help forge a vision of a future with healthy hospitals and healthy people living on a healthy planet.
At this crucial juncture, the time to act to protect public health from climate change is now.