We believe that the biggest threat to health globally is of climate change and though this is not our main focus we are engaged in encouraging a sustainable healthcare system.
There are now many organisations looking primarily at sustainable healthcare – here are some resources and links:
CleanMed is THE premier national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability who are on the leading edge of greening the health care sector.
The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare is a charity supporting action to transfrom healthcare for a sustainable future. Projects include green nephrology, Green OT, NHS Forest, and SHEBA (the sustainability and health evidence base.)
Climate and Health Council “The Climate and Health Council is an international organisation consisting of doctors, nurses and other health professionals who recognise the urgent need to address climate change to protect health. It works towards a world where the impacts of climate change on health are understood and tackled in a way that improves the public’s well-being.”
Medact UK “Medact is a global health charity tackling issues at the centre of international policy debates. Led by its health professional membership it undertakes education, research and advocacy on the health implications of conflict, development and environmental change, with a special focus on the developing world.”
Report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development, and Reproductive Health Return of the Population Growth Factor: its impact upon the millennium development goals, 2007 (worth a look – some useful background, stats and maps)
Good carbon footprint calculator, with opportunity to “offset” your excess carbon emissions by supporting various projects world-wide
Energy saving Trust Provides advice about saving energy and reducing carbon emissions.
Global Commons Institute Some useful graphics on contraction and convergence.
Greenpeace How to Save the Climate
Joseph Rowntree Foundation The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an independent organisation working to inspire social change through research, policy and practice
NHS Sustainable Development Unit
They Work For You Useful if you want to write to your MP or MEP!
UNU-WIDER The World Distribution of Household Wealth 2008 (stats about wealth distribution across the world)
UNEP United Nations Environment Programme
UNFCC United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US – some free articles available)
Doctors for the Environment Australia (interesting background reading, but also some good downloadable posters!)
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (worth a look at the summary of the last IPPC report Nov 2007 – see above – especially the section on health impacts)
The Global Education Project. Earth: a graphic look at the state of the world (lots of excellent maps and stats!)
Here are some old articles which you will need to find yourself. We will update soon.
UCL Lancet Commissions: Lancet and UCL Institute for Global Health Commission Managing the Health Effects of Climate Change Lancet 2009; 373: 1693-733
Gill M. Why should doctors be interested in climate change? BMJ 2008; 336: 1506
McMichael A.J. et al. Global climate change: the potential effects on health BMJ 1997; 315:
McMichael A.J. et al. Global environmental change and health: impacts, inequities, and the health sector BMJ 2008: 336; 191-194
Patz J A et al. Hotspots in climate change and human health BMJ 2002; 325; 1094-1098
Randerson J. Revealed: child labour used to make NHS instruments The Guardian 8 Dec 2008 (includes link to audio interview with Dr Mahmoud Bhutta)
Wilkinson P. et al. A global perspective on energy: health effects and injustices Lancet 2007; 370: 965-78