Strong synergies exist between addressing climate change and promoting public health, yet climate change mitigation and adaption policies do not always harness these opportunities to achieve win-win solutions. The atmosphere in California is ripe for synergistic efforts and knowledge sharing focused on climate change and public health. Work continues throughout the state to reduce emissions from transportation, building energy use, waste, and land use patterns. We must ensure that important public health impacts are considered when climate change policies at the state level are developed and implemented. At the same time, priority consideration must be given to the most vulnerable communities in California through efforts to address both physical and social determinants of vulnerability.
The Center for Public Health and Climate Change will be hosting two regional convenings, in Oakland (October 11th) and Fresno (TBD). Key stakeholders from multiple sectors will discuss public health and climate change public policy and advocacy priorities in California, and will explore opportunities for closer alignment and coordination. Through these convenings, PHI will gather input for a California Public Policy Action Plan for Climate Change that will serve as a roadmap for the Center for Public Health and Climate Change. The plan will guide the Center’s work to advocate for institutionalizing public health safeguards and for maximizing public health co-benefits in state climate policies.