Now Available: “Mobilizing Action for Climate, Health, and Equity”

By Rebecca Rehr

Climate for Health was thrilled to host the webinar, Mobilizing Action for Climate, Health, and Equity, as part of National Public Health Week 2020.

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We heard from health leaders from around the country working at the forefront of climate solutions. They are all bringing to life the 10 points in the U.S. Call to Action on Climate, Health, and Equity: A Policy Action Agenda. Visit climatehealthaction.org to sign on individually and work with your organization to sign on if they have not already.

“Having a community is the most important thing to help move action forward…and health professionals need to show up.” — Dr. Laalitha Surapaneni

The U.S. Call to Action on Climate, Health, and Equity launched in the summer of 2019, and now has support from more than 150 health organizations from across the country. With the right policies and investments today, we have the opportunity to realize our vision of healthy people in healthy places on a healthy planet. Health voices must be at the forefront of climate solutions to ensure a healthy and just future for everyone.

“We have worked as a movement organization very tied to the environmental justice movement in California and nationally, understanding that the fundamental demand of communities living on the front line has been about health.” — Martha Dina Arguello

“We need to vote like our life depended on it.” — Dr. Linda Rudolph

PRIORITY ACTIONS

CLIMATE ACTION FOR HEALTH

  1. Meet and strengthen the commitments the U.S. made under the Paris Climate Agreement.
  2. Transition rapidly away from the use of coal, oil and natural gas to clean, safe, and renewable energy and energy efficiency.
  3. Emphasize active transportation in the transition to zero-carbon transportation systems.
  4. Promote healthy, sustainable and resilient farms and food systems, forests, and natural lands.
  5. Ensure that all U.S. residents have access to safe and affordable drinking water and a sustainable water supply.
  6. Invest in policies that support a just transition for workers and communities adversely impacted by climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy.

HEALTH ACTION FOR CLIMATE

  1. Engage the health sector voice in the call for climate action.
  2. Incorporate climate solutions into all health care and public health systems.
  3. Build resilient communities in the face of climate change.

FINANCING CLIMATE ACTION FOR HEALTH AND HEALTH ACTION FOR CLIMATE

  1. Invest in climate and health.

Speakers during the webinar included:

Linda Rudolph, U.S. Climate & Health Alliance
Sarah Spengeman, Health Care Without Harm
Mona Sarfaty, Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health
Laura Kate Bender, American Lung Association
Helen Pham, Nursing Student (Member of the National Student Nurses' Association  & Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments)
Emily York, Oregon Public Health Association
Laalitha Surapaneni, Health Professionals for Healthy Climate (Minnesota)
Martha Dina Arguello, PSR Los Angeles
Rebecca Rehr, Climate for Health (Moderator)

 

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