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HEAL promotes Lancet Commission’s findings on health and climate change in Germany

Climate and health experts, policy makers and journalists had an opportunity to learn more about important health arguments that support ambitious climate action at an event organised by HEAL this week, on the occasion of the World Health Summit, to which HEAL is a civil society partner.

The keynote speaker Professor Andy Haines, one of the authors of the Lancet Commission on health and climate change, presented the ten recommendations and German experts attending the event were invited to provide additional input into the debate. The event took place in Berlin, Germany on 12 October.

A special focus was given to the need for a phase-out of coal power globally and the growing support for this call within the health and medical community.

Other speakers included:

  • Prof. Claudia Hornberg, Co-Chair of the Commission on Environmental Health at Robert-Koch-Institute, and Professor of Environment & Health, University of Bielefeld
  • Dr. Bettina Menne, WHO Programme Manager climate change, green health services and sustainable development, WHO European Centre for Environment and Health, Bonn
  • Dr. Markus Salomon, Scientific Adviser at the German Advisory Council on the Environment for environmental health
  • Julia Huscher, Senior Policy Officer for coal and health, Health and Environment Alliance

The event forms part of a series of actions to promote the Lancet’s findings in Germany. In August, HEAL published a German translation of the Commission’s executive summary in collaboration with a German scientific journal on climate, energy and health. This initiative also forms part of a new collaboration between HEAL and the German Society of Hygiene, Environmental and Public Health Sciences (GHUP).

The findings of the Lancet Commission have also been used to develop a call for action, signed by German health experts, which was presented at the event as well.

Resources in German

Official event of global campaign, Our Climate, Our Health

HEAL is a partner in ’Our Climate, Our Health’, a global campaign, launched this week by the Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA), engaging health professionals in the lead-up to the UN climate change negotiations (COP21) this December. Our Climate, Our Health aims to act as an umbrella and an amplifier for some of the many initiatives being organised at local, national and international levels on the intersection of climate and health in advance of COP21. The event this week in Germany is part of this campaign, aiming to showcase examples of where health professionals and organizations are already taking action, including:

Last updated on 14 October 2015

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