Environment & health

Many diseases can be reduced by a cleaner, healthier environment
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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

HEAL highlights from the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health in Ostrava
To increase citizens’ engagement and speed up action on key areas of environmental health, a HEAL delegation participated in the WHO Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health in the Czech Republic. Read more…

Over 250 non-government organisations launch alternative vision for Europe
HEAL and more than 250 NGOs from across Europe have released an alternative vision for a more democratic, sustainable, and healthier Europe. Read more…

Medical groups call for climate to be in G20 Health Ministers’ declaration
The European medical and public health community urged the first G20 Health Ministers’ meeting to recognise the threat to health from climate change in an open letter coordinated by HEAL. Read more...

Take Action!

- #StopGlyphosate ECI. Protect our health, sign our petition today!

- Help us spread the word about fossil fuels subsidies and get involved in ‘Choose Health, End Fossil Fuel Subsidies’.

- SumOfUs petition to reject Commission proposal on EDCs criteria. Petition is also available in French, Spanish, and in German.

- Become a supporter of the EDC-Free Europe coalition!


Publications

- HEAL’s Healthy Energy Paper - available in English, Polish and Czech, June 2017

- Quick guide: How to calculate health impacts and costs from coal, HEAL publication, June 2017

- New flyer on the Unmask My City campaign, June 2017

- Guide on the health impacts of fossil fuel subsidies

- Joint publication: The Unhealthy Side Effects of CETA

- EPHA leaflet ’The Unhealthy Side Effects of CETA (Contribution by HEAL and CIEL)

- HEAL Activity Report 2015

- Healthy Energy Initiative showcases HEAL’s work

- Europe’s Dark Cloud : How coal-burning countries are making their neighbours sick (Joint report by HEAL, CAN E, WWF Europe and Sandbag)

- A briefing on fossil fuel subsidies and health (English - Turkish) and a Q&A overview on fossil fuel subsidies and their consequences on climate and health (English - Turkish)

- The Unpaid Health Bill - How coal power plants in the Western Balkans make us sick

- 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

- Better Regulation Watchdog: Open letter in response to proposal for EU wide ‘regulatory burden’ target

- Let’s HEAL the environment, HEAL contribution to ABCF newsletter

- 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 leaflet in Turkish
- HEAL leaflet updated in German and Polish
- HEAL in Poland website www.healpolska.pl
- HEAL Annual Review 2013


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 »

Members

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

Direct telephone numbers: HEAL team page.

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