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Climate change threatens the basic elements of life such as access to food, water, shelter and clean air - which in turn severely impacts human health. Decisions on responding to climate change need to put health at the centre.

News on our policy work

HEAL on the road to COP21
As momentum is gathering for the international climate negotiations in Paris this December, HEAL is engaging the health community to put pressure on governments ahead of this important milestone. Read more…

Citizens call for end of coal as support for Germany’s climate plans grows
On 25 April citizens formed a human chain along an open pit mine in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany, to call for the shift away from coal and a just energy transition. HEAL supports the German government plans to further cut CO2 emissions from the power section as it is positive news for both the climate and health. Read more…

Germany’s new energy instrument would mean better health
The government’s plans to increase efforts to cut CO2 emissions from the power sector have been met with fierce resistance. In letters to chancellor Merkel, economic minister Gabriel and health minister Groehe, HEAL and member WECF underline that these plans are not only good news for the climate, but also for health, and they should not be weakened. Read more…

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- HEAL submission on consultation: Future of Energy Community
- Air Pollution and Health in Turkey: Facts, Figures and Recommendations - English - Turkish

Take Action!

- petition to Chancellor Merkel to maintain Germany’s reputation as a climate leader
- - Tell the G20 to #StopFundingFossils
- Avaaz petition for 100% renewables?


May 2015

18-26, Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Assembly

22: Earth Day

June 2015

- 1 – 11, Bonn, Germany: UNFCCC negotiations

- 3- 5, Brussels, Belgium: EU Green Week

- 5: World Environment Day

- 16 – 18, Brussels, Belgium: EU Sustainable Energy Week

- 18 - 19, Paris, France: Conference on climate change and health

The Unpaid Health Bill: How coal power plants make us sick presents the first-ever economic assessment of the health costs associated with air pollution from coal power plants in Europe as well as testimonies from leading health advocates, medical experts and policy makers on why they are concerned about coal.

The report develops recommendations for policy-makers and the health community on how to address the unpaid health bill and ensure that it is taken into account in future energy decisions.

For a brief summary of the report see HEAL’s coal and health postcard

More information here

The report Acting NOW for better health: A 30% reduction target for EU climate policy reframes the current discussions from climate costs to climate benefits, particularly for people’s health and healthcare systems.

In addition to the report, HEAL has also provided:

An informative Questions & Answers called: Moving Beyond 20% - How reducing greenhouse gas emissions benefits people’s health in the EU

An essential briefing for policy makers called: The health benefits of greenhouse gas reduction policies.

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About HEAL

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is a leading European not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects health in the European Union (EU). We demonstrate how policy changes can help protect health and enhance people’s quality of life. Read more »


HEAL has over 70 member organisations, representing health professionals, not-for-profit health insurers, doctors, nurses, cancer and asthma groups, citizens, women’s groups, youth groups, environmental NGOs, scientists and public health institutes. Members include international and Europe-wide organisations, as well as national and local groups. Read more »

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