Global | Endorse the Paris Platform for Healthy Energy

Global | Endorse the Paris Platform for Healthy Energy

The Paris Platform for Healthy Energy represents the views of an informal collaboration of organizations and individuals in the health sector committed to a transition to clean, renewable, healthy energy in order to protect public health. A project of the Healthy Energy Initiative, the Platform serves as a guiding document — in the lead up to, during, and beyond the 2015 United Nations Climate Conference in Paris — for the health sector’s efforts to mobilize globally and in key countries to advocate for healthy energy.

The lead endorsers of the Platform are Health …

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US | Health Care Climate Council Supports EPA Clean Power Plan

The Health Care Climate Council, established by Health Care Without Harm and representing hospitals across the United States that are committed to addressing the health impacts of climate change, supports the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The EPA plan sets the first-ever federal limits on dangerous carbon pollution from existing power plants, cuts the single largest source of the carbon pollution, and safeguards public health from the harmful effects of carbon pollution.

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Global | Governments Recognize Air Pollution’s Threat to Human Health

World Health Assembly’s Air Pollution Resolution is a Small First Step

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The world’s governments took an important step forward in recognizing air pollution as a major threat to human health, by issuing a resolution at the World Health Assembly in Geneva in May. However, governments were unwilling or unable to address the single most significant source of both outdoor air pollution and climate change: society’s dependence on fossil fuels, particularly the combustion of coal for energy generation.

The Healthy Energy Initiative expressed concern that the magnitude and urgency of …

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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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Healthy Energy Initiative Debuts at the 14th World Congress on Public Health

The Healthy Energy Initiative will be exploring the nexus between climate change, energy generation, and public health in Kolkata, India at the World Federation of Public Health Association’s 14th World Congress on Public Health, through a set of scientific sessions, a photography exhibition, and film screenings.

In the last few years, leading medical journals, health organizations, and health professionals have begun to endorse the evidence and amplify the message that air pollution and climate change both pose serious challenges to global public health and therefore …

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