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Global Health and Justice in a changing environment

Julia Huscher, HEAL’s coal and health officer participated in Healthy Planet UK’s landmark conference ‘Global health and justice in a changing environment’ in London.

The conference was organised by medical students and brought together representatives from the British health sector. Participants discussed the links between environmental change and health in general, as well as related issues including disasters, food security, transport, reproduction and energy policy. Sir Andy Haines of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), a HEAL member organisation, opened the conference giving an introduction to the science and policy of climate change, sustainability and health.

Participants then had the opportunity to hear from other experts, discuss the issues and develop new approaches. The weekend conference was a mixture of plenary and interactive smaller workshop sessions, one of which was facilitated by Julia and focused on making a difference through campaigns on air quality.

Julia also spoke in a panel session on energy policy, air pollution and fuel poverty highlighting HEAL’s advocacy activities on coal and health in the EU.

Coal power plants are causing ill-health in Europeans valued at up to 43 billion EUR each year.

Many European respiratory experts have called air pollution from coal power generation an ‘invisible killer’ and which represents one of today’s most important public health threats.

Other inspiring speakers who joined HEAL on the panel included Simon Birkett, Founder and Director of Clean Air in London, and Bryn Kewley, Campaigner for the Energy Bill Revolution.

More information and documentation of the conference available here

Originally posted on 6 March 2014

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