The Lancet published a new report, 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change: Policy Responses to Protect Public Health. An update to the landmark 2009 Lancet Commission report, this new report argues that tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century.

The  Lancet Commission Report on Health and Climate Change  remarks that “by moving toward low carbon health systems, health care can mitigate its own climate impact, become more resilient to the impacts of climate change, save money and lead by example.”  Indeed, working with health care to reduce its own emissions helps set the stage to engage health care’s moral, political and economic clout in addressing climate change.

2020 low res logo no gghhTo help fulfill this potential, GGHH has launched the 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge, a global initiative that is bringing together leading hospitals and health systems from every continent to announce their commitment to measurably reducing their own carbon footprint.  The initiative is designed to garner commitments, measure footprint reduction and simultaneously forge long-term health care leadership in advocacy for climate mitigation to protect public health.

The Challenge is based on three pillars:

  1. Mitigation – Reducing health care’s own carbon footprint.
  2. Resilience – Preparing for the impacts of extreme weather and the shifting burden of disease.
  3. Leadership – Educating staff and the public while promoting policies to protect public health from climate change.

Sign the Pledge

  • Click here to read the Pledge
  • By signing the 2020 Pledge, your hospital; health care facility; health, academic or professional organizations, health system; will receive an automatic membership in GGHH.

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