The Prescription for a “Healthy Planet” is an initiative of Health Care Without Harm and the Health and Environment Alliance
The clock is ticking. The time for action is now.
A prescription for a healthy planet
Protect Public Health: Take into account the significant human health dimensions of the climate crisis along with the health benefits of climate change mitigation policies. In conjunction with this, a portion of climate mitigation and adaptation funds should be targeted for the health sector.
This is needed to ensure evidence of the health impacts of climate change is continuously updated and brought to policy makers, so that the health sector can adapt to the health impacts of climate change while reducing its own climate footprint.
To assure a strong voice in the debate, the health sector should also be adequately represented on all national delegations to Copenhagen.
Transition to Clean Energy: A viable accord must promote solutions to the climate crisis that move away from coal, oil, gas, nuclear power, waste incineration and fossil-fuel-intensive agriculture. The Copenhagen treaty should foster energy efficiency as well as clean, renewable energy that improves public health by reducing both local and global pollution.
Reduce Emissions: In order to protect human and environmental health, the world’s governments must take urgent action to drastically reduce world-wide emissions by 2050. Over the next decade, developed countries must significantly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels. Developing countries must also commit to stabilizing and reducing their emissions.
Finance Global Action: A fair and equitable agreement in Copenhagen should also provide new and additional resources for developing countries to reduce their climate footprint and adapt to the impacts of climate change.