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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

Call for Action on climate delivered to German Health Minister Groehe
50 organisations and individuals from the German health sector including HEAL are urging the German government to take more decisive action to protect our health from climate change. The call was sent to the German Minister of Health, Hermann Groehe. Read more...

HEAL Letter to the Editor - How to Deliver the Most Important Public Health Treaty of the Century
In her Letter to the Editor in the Annals of Global Health, HEAL’s Executive Director argues that the Paris climate talks offer an extraordinary public health opportunity that should not be squandered and puts forth 5 Prescriptions for a Healthy Future to COP21 climate negotiators. Read more...

On the road to COP21
HEAL will be in Paris in a few weeks for the international climate negotiations, with an official delegation and side events. Don’t forget to register for the Climate and Health Summit on 5 December, where HEAL is the local organising partner, and sign up to WHO’s Call to Action. Read more…

Health groups call to end fossil fuel subsidies
On 14 November, civil society organisations from all over the world, including HEAL, issued an urgent call to end all public financing for fossil fuels. HEAL works closely with Turkish health groups, and the call came on the eve of the G20 leaders Summit in Turkey. Read more…

HEAL promotes Lancet Commission’s findings on health and climate change in Germany
Climate and health experts, policy makers and journalists had an opportunity to learn more about important health arguments that support ambitious climate action at an event organised by HEAL this week, on the occasion of the World Health Summit, to which HEAL is a civil society partner. Read more…

Read more news here


- CHE call on climate change and health – Recordings
- Sign on to WHO Call to Action

- Coal Atlas by Heinrich Boll Stiftung and Friends of the Earth International includes HEAL figures

- Healthy Energy Initiative - Health Impacts of Energy Choices - A Briefing Paper for the Health Community

- Healthy Energy Initiative - From Extraction to Renewal: A Global Campaign for Healthy Energy

- HEAL Webinar series COP21 – Recordings
- The Unpaid Health Bill – How coal power plants in Turkey make us sick – English - Turkish
- HEAL submission on consultation: Future of Energy Community
- Air Pollution and Health in Turkey: Facts, Figures and Recommendations - English - Turkish

Take Action!

- WHO Call to Action

- Join Our Climate our Health

- Stop Funding Fossil Fuels

- SEE Change Net petition for Energy for the long run

- The urgent case for a ban on fracking – Food and Water Europe petition

Events 2015



- Global Frackdown Month

- 23 – 26, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary

- 24: HEAL webinar (in Polish) on smog, air pollution and health

- 24 – 25, Paris, France: 6th Environment and Health French national congress on Climate Change and Health– HEAL speaking

- 27: HEAL webinar on Mercury and Health (in Serbian) - Registrations open

- 30 – 11, Paris, France: UNFCCC COP21 climate negotiations


- 4, Paris France: HEAL side event, “Health professionals in action for Healthy Energy and Climate” in collaboration with Conseil National de l’Ordre des Médecins (CNOM), World Medical Association, COP21

- 5, Paris, France: Global Climate and Health Summit

- 9, Paris, France: HEAL UNFCCC COP21 side event in collaboration with Monaco and WHO Europe

- 16, Brussels, Belgium: Meeting of the EU Environment Ministers

- 14 - 17, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary

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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Learn more about HEAL’s views and policy work on climate and energy

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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