Global | Health Care Without Harm supports World Medical Association’s call for divestment

Global | Health Care Without Harm supports World Medical Association’s call for divestment

During its annual assembly in Taiwan, the World Medical Association (WMA) called on health organizations to divest from fossil fuel based companies and to invest in companies that uphold environmental principles consistent with United Nations policy. Health Care Without Harm supports the WMA’s call for divest and similarly urges health care organizations around the world to move towards clean energy solutions.

Given the energy intensive nature of its operations, health care has a moral responsibility to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. By investing in clean …

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Australia | Report urges health sector to divest fossil fuels and invest in health

Australia | Report urges health sector to divest fossil fuels and invest in health

The health sector has an obligation to divest from any investments in coal, oil, and gas, on ethical, health, and economic grounds, according to a new joint report from the Healthy Energy Initiative’s Australia partner, Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA), and Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA).

The report, entitled “Investing in Health,” urges Australia’s 600,000+ health workers — along with health organisations and health super funds — to divest from fossil fuels. It demonstrates the health of people everywhere is being harmed by fossil fuels, and positions renewable energy as a …

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US | Dignity Health CEO: More Needs To Be Done To Prioritize Climate Change

US | Dignity Health CEO: More Needs To Be Done To Prioritize Climate Change

25 February 2016 — Lloyd Dean, president and CEO of Dignity Health, one of the United States’ largest health systems, wrote in Health Affairs Blog about the health care industry’s “moral responsibility to address climate change head-on.” Below we highlight some particularly powerful excerpts on the role of the health care industry in leading the way to a healthy climate.

On hospitals reducing their carbon emissions and increasing use of renewable energy:

Although progress has been slow, more and more hospitals are recognizing the importance of going green and hospitals are instituting …

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US | Dignity Health to Limit Investments in Thermal Coal Energy

US | Dignity Health to Limit Investments in Thermal Coal Energy

SAN FRANCISCO–Dignity Health, one of the nation’s largest health systems, today announced it will restrict investments in thermal coal companies, and expand investments in sustainability-focused asset managers and investment opportunities addressing climate change. The non-profit health system has recently strengthened its advocacy efforts by urging portfolio managers to include environmental sustainability into their investment decisions. This new screen against thermal coal has led Dignity Health to divest its holdings in a number of companies, and to restrict further investment in the industry. Read more via Business Wire

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Global | HCWH Supports World Medical Association Call to its National Association Members to Discuss Divestment from Fossil Fuels

Global | HCWH Supports World Medical Association Call to its National Association Members to Discuss Divestment from Fossil Fuels

Health Care Without Harm today applauded the unanimous decision by delegates gathered in Moscow this past week at the World Medical Association’s (WMA) Annual General Assembly to call on its more than 100 constituent member associations to consider divestment from fossil fuels.

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Philippines | HCWH-Asia and healthy energy partners laud Norway’s divestment from coal

HCWH-Asia’s Healthy Energy Initiative and students of the Asian Medical Students’ Association-Philippines joined the Defend Zambales movement in front of a coal-fired power plant in Bani Point, Oyon Bay, Masinloc, Zambales.

Together with its partners for healthy energy, Health Care Without Harm (HCWH)-Asia celebrates a major triumph against fossil fuel with Norway’s recent divestment from coal.

“Norway’s move to divest from coal is an important contribution to both mitigating climate change and protecting the public’s health,” said Dr. Renzo Guinto, campaigner of the Healthy Energy Initiative …

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Global | New HCWH White Paper Series: The Consequences of Coal and the Case for Divestment

Health Care Without Harm released a series of white­ papers that make the health, financial, and theological arguments for the health sector to divest from coal. The series argues that this public and moral action is central to health care’s mission, and is an important demonstration of leadership.

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