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Many diseases and conditions are linked to contaminants in our environments. The science on the health impacts of environmental pollution is growing. This environmental burden of disease could be prevented or limited by stronger policy action.

News on our policy work

Medics offer a healthy boost for a stronger Paris climate agreement
HEAL welcomes the conclusion of the renowned Lancet Commission on health and climate change 2015 that ‘tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century’.
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Walking the circle – Four guiding pillars for a Circular Economy
Civil society organisations including HEAL highlight four key areas that must be addressed by the EU to ensure a fully functioning circular economy, and some of the often overlooked benefits. Read more…

Nature Alert: Nature, Health and well-being
The EU Commission is currently consulting on the EU’s Nature Directives, as part of a REFIT check. Our natural world provides for many benefits to health and well-being, so it is crucial that protection efforts are strengthened and laws upheld, not weakened. Read more...

EU Commission Vice President talks health in climate meetings
HEAL welcomes the emphasis placed on health implications by EU Commission Vice President Sefkovic at the EU-Serbia High Level Conference on Climate Change last month. Read more…

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Take Action!

- Call for young scientists: "New voices in global health" – Deadline 31 July www.worldhealthsummit.org

- Nature Alert! Take action to save nature!

- Stop TTIP and CETADeadline October 2015

- Call on MEPs to keep ISDS out of TTIP

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

- 350.org - Tell the G20 to #StopFundingFossils


- Launch of Better regulation watchdog
- HEAL leaflet in Turkish
- HEAL leaflet updated in German and Polish
- HEAL in Poland website www.healpolska.pl
- HEAL Annual Review 2013



- 15, Brussels, Belgium: Screening of Merchants of Doubt, HEAL co-organiser - Register here

- 23 June, London, UK: Summer Gathering, organised by Women’s Environment Network (WEN)


- 1: World Breastfeeding week


- 2, Brussels, Belgium: EPHA AGA – HEAL joint session on climate and health

- 8: HEAL webinar: Climate and health in the WHO European Region

- 17-18, Geneva, Switzerland: Swiss Public Health Conference

- 26: World Environment Health day

- 30: World Heart Day


- 1 -31: National Breast Cancer Awareness month

- 11 -13, Berlin, Germany: World Health Summit

- 14 - 17, Milan, Italy: 8th European Public Health Conference - Health in Europe – from global to local policies, methods and practices

- 19: Global Frackdown Day

- 22: Global Day of Action Against Coal

Learn more about HEAL’s views and policy work on Environment and Health

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 »

Contact us

Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)
28 Boulevard Charlemagne
B1000 Brussels, Belgium
Phone: +32 2 234 3640
Fax: +32 2 234 3649
E-mail: info@env-health.org
Press: Diana Smith

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