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Public Health Institute’s Center for Climate Change & Health is dedicated to tackling the challenge of climate change while creating more vibrant, healthy and equitable communities throughout the US and around the world.

The Public Health Institute considers climate change to be one of the greatest global and domestic public health challenges of our time.

PHI’s Center for Climate Change & Health contributes to building healthy and climate-resilient communities that have the right tools to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The Center engages local leaders, scientists, policymakers, health care providers and civil society in mainstreaming the protection of health across a wide range of policies and sectors. It promotes strategies that reduce long-term climate change, promote climate resilient communities, protect all people from the health impacts of climate change, and optimize health and health equity outcomes.

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Statement on Proposal to Revoke the Clean Power Plan

October 11, 2017

Eighteen national health and medical organizations including the Center for Climate Change and Health issued a statement on the Trump Administration’s proposal to revoke the Clean Power Plan:  “Today’s proposal to revoke the Clean Power Plan is inconsistent with EPA’s core mission of protecting public health and the environment.”

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In Solidarity with Those Fighting for Justice in Charlottesville, VA

August 17, 2017

Our team at the Center for Climate Change and Health stands in solidarity with those terrorized by the violence and hatred of white supremacists and neo-nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia. What happened in Charlottesville is just one more reminder that white supremacy, racism, and bigotry remain a matter of life and death for communities of color. We stand against racism and oppression as a moral responsibility. But it is also fundamental to our fight against climate change, a matter of life and death for people around the world. What’s the connection?

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Climate Change Made Hurricane Harvey Even More Dangerous to People’s Health

September 26, 2017

We care about the connections to climate change because we care about health. Climate change intensifies extreme storms which threaten health directly and indirectly. By causing more severe flooding, climate change amplifies damage and worsens related health impacts overall. Looking at health through a wider, public health lens, we see that a variety of impacts influence the lives of Harvey survivors, particularly the most vulnerable communities.

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Civil Society Event: Action in Climate Change and Health

Event: September 22, 2014, New York, NY 
 Video Release: October

As the call to action on climate change becomes ever more urgent, it is also becoming apparent that climate change mitigation strategies also offer tremendous opportunities to improve health. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convened world leaders at Climate Summit 2014 to catalyze governments, industry and civil society worldwide towards substantial commitments for a low-carbon economy to mitigate climate change. The health and public health community engaged through a Climate Week NYC event that brought together an extraordinary set of speakers to address the intersection of climate and health.

Co-hosted by the Public Health Institute, the event addressed the health benefits of climate mitigation, and the pathway towards a sustainable and healthy future. Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, Dr. Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet, and EPA head Gina McCarthy spearheaded a dynamic program engaging thought leaders across multiple sectors, including food and agriculture, transportation and community design, and energy and air pollution.

Learn more and look for the event video in October at the event website.

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Join the US Climate & Health Alliance

The U.S. Climate and Health Alliance is a national network of health and public health practitioners dedicated to addressing the threats of climate change to health.

By joining the Alliance, you can connect with other health professionals working to address climate change as a human and health crisis; share and learn about opportunities to bring the health voice into programs and policies to address climate change; share and access tools, resources and materials to support your efforts; and contribute to building a health movement to tackle climate change. The Center for Climate Change & Health hosts and serves as secretariat for the Alliance.

Learn more and join.

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