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Healthy Energy Initiative appears in peer reviewed journal

HEAL’s Executive Director Genon K. Jensen is a co-author of a Healthy Energy Initiative article ‘From Extraction to Renewal: A Global Campaign for Healthy Energy’, published in New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy.

Individuals and organisations in the health sector including HEAL are addressing climate and energy issues at multiple levels of engagement, including with others in the health sector, with pollution-affected communities, with policy-makers, and with the media. Here you can read about HEAL’s recent activities at the international climate negotiations in Paris COP21 (Link).

The article by the Healthy Energy Initiative appears in a special issue of the peer reviewed journal on ‘Health, Environmental Policy and the Extractive Industries’. It presents recent examples of health sector advocacy and leadership on the health impacts of energy choices, and opportunities for broadening and deepening the movement.

HEAL’s contribution focuses specifically on the health engagement to phase out coal power generation in Europe. Poland and Turkey are the two key countries defying the downward trend in coal in Europe. HEAL is successfully deploying the health argument with the help of evidence from the first-ever health economic assessment provided in our report, “The Unpaid Health Bill”. Health evidence has been used in advocacy activities to shut down or stall new coal projects in Poland. In Turkey, HEAL teamed up with the Turkish Medical Association, the leading health professional organisation in the country, and six specialised medical associations, to call on the Turkish government to abandon plans for a massive coal power investment. Currently, Turkey is set to become the third highest investor in the world.

You can download the full text of the article here

Originally posted on 27 January 2016

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