News on our policy work
On 16 November the 2nd International Climate and Health Summit took place in Warsaw alongside the official COP19 climate negotiations. The Summit was organised by the Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA) together with the World Medical Association and the WHO. HEAL is a founding member of the Alliance and the local convening partner of the Summit. Read more…
HEAL promotes health benefits at COP19
During the COP19 climate negotiations in Warsaw earlier this month, HEAL’s delegation successfully brought forward the messages from the health and medical professionals and representatives of patients’ organisations into the climate debate. Read more…
Cough4coal: HEAL’s work inspires creative action in Berlin and Warsaw
An eight metre tall set of inflatable pink lungs were recently created by artist Artur van Balen as a tool for the international Cough4Coal campaign, which made an appearance outside a Coal and Climate Summit in Warsaw. Medical students, NGOs and the general public public joined the ‘people before coal’ protect, and HEAL provided expertise on the health impacts of coal during the development phase of the campaign. Read more…
HEAL speaks to Parliamentarians about health impacts of climate change
On 6 November HEAL Executive Director Genon K. Jensen spoke about the climate impacts on health at a European Parliament event hosted by CAN Europe, Globe EU and Climate Parliament. Read more
Health and medical organisations from around the world signed a declaration for the Doha climate negotiations on how to better protect and promote our health. Get involved by signing on as an individual or as an organisation concerned about climate change and health. Sign the Declaration here!
9 December, Bonn, Germany – HEAL participates in WHO Second meeting of the Working Group on Climate Change and Health (HIC) HIC
9 December – Strasbourg, France: Closing conference of the European Year of Air. More information available here
10 December – Brussels, Belgium: HEAL speaking at European Voice and ERS breakfast briefing on lung health in Europe. More information available here
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:
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