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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 higher ambition ahead of signing of Paris Agreement
Today, over 150 countries will sign the Paris Agreement, keeping the momentum on climate action. HEAL and the members of the Coalition for Higher Ambition urged EU Heads of State and governments to continue to show leadership as they were setting off to New York. Read more…

German doctors calling for divestment from fossil fuels
Following the examples of several international medical groups, a coalition of German doctors now calls for the divestment of doctor’s pension funds. Read more…

UK Health Alliance on climate change
HEAL welcomes the setup of the new UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, which aims to encourage better approaches to tackling climate change that protect and promote public health, whilst also reducing the burden on health services. Read more…

NCD and climate change – shared opportunities for action
Today, over 150 countries will sign the Paris Agreement, keeping the momentum on climate action. HEAL and the members of the Coalition for Higher Ambition urged EU Heads of State and governments to continue to show leadership as they were setting off to New York. Read more…

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Publications

- Youtube video: Health professionals in action for Healthy Energy and Climate, 4 December 2015

- Why health concerns should prompt an ambitious Paris package, Outreach magazine, 7 December 2015

- HEAL in GCHA Report as member organisation: Health and Climate at COP21 and beyond

- 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


Take Action!

- Climate change calls to action


Events

2016

April

- 5 – 12, Paris, France: International Environmental Film Festival

- 21: Earth Day

- 27: World Day for Safety and Health at work


May

- 4 - 16: Fossil free week of action

- 6: World Asthma Day


June

- 5: World Environment Day




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

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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 »

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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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