PHI Joins Call to Action on Climate, Health, and Equity
June 24, 2019
With extreme weather fluctuations putting entire communities in danger, the widening spread of mosquito-, tick-, and flea-borne illnesses, and increased rates of asthma due to air pollution, it's clear that climate change is hurting our health. Climate change also both exacerbates existing and creates additional health inequities, which causes disproportionate harm to vulnerable communities.
Climate change solutions are health solutions, and equity must be central to climate action. That's why PHI joined more than 70 organizations—including physicians, nurses, health and public health professionals and health workers, hospitals and health care systems, health education institutions, and public, environmental, mental, community-based health agencies, and more—to sign the Climate, Health and Equity: A Policy Action Agenda, which calls on government officials and policymakers to address the climate change as a health emergency.
The agenda outlines ten priority actions for governmental officials can take to build resilient local communities, engage the health sector voice when addressing climate change issues, and move toward clean energy. Read the full policy agenda and add your organization's support.
The ten priority actions are:
CLIMATE ACTION FOR HEALTH
1. Meet and strengthen the commitments the U.S. made under the Paris Climate Agreement.
2. Transition rapidly away from the use of coal, oil and natural gas to clean, safe, and renewable energy and energy efficiency.
3. Emphasize active transportation in the transition to zero-carbon transportation systems.
4. Promote healthy, sustainable and resilient farms and food systems, forests, and natural lands.
5. Ensure that all U.S. residents have access to safe and affordable drinking water and a sustainable water supply.
6. Invest in policies that support a just transition for workers and communities adversely impacted by climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy.
HEALTH ACTION FOR CLIMATE
7. Engage the health sector voice in the call for climate action.
8. Incorporate climate solutions into all health care and public health systems.
9. Build resilient communities in the face of climate change.
FINANCING CLIMATE ACTION FOR HEALTH AND HEALTH ACTION FOR CLIMATE
10. Invest in climate and health.
see Related Resources
- Climate Change, Health, and Equity: Opportunities for Action: In this report, PHI's Center for Climate Change and Health explores the many ways in which climate change, health, and equity are connected. With input from more than a hundred public health professionals and community health, equity, and environmental justice advocates, and support from The Kresge Foundation, this report presents a conceptual framework to help demonstrate how these issues are linked, and to identify opportunities and recommendations for action.
- Climate Change, Health, and Equity: A Guide for Local Health Departments: This 400 page guide, created by PHI's Center for Climate Change and Health and the American Public Health Association (APHA), with support from the California Department of Public Health, helps local health departments prepare for and mitigate climate change effects—from drought and heat to flooding and food security—with concrete and implementable suggestions.
- Learn more about PHI's work to address climate change. PHI considers climate change to be one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century, and we are dedicated to tackling the challenge of climate change while creating more vibrant, healthy, and equitable communities throughout the US and around the world. See how we can work together.