Monday, December 21, 2015

Quote of the Week - “The stakes are high,” World Health Organization

With their landmark accord following talks in Paris, world leaders have hammered out not only the first global commitment to combat climate change, but arguably the most significant public health treaty of our time.

“The stakes are high,” World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan told negotiators on December 8.  “A ruined planet cannot sustain human lives in good health.”

Chan’s sobering words echoed a June report by the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change that warned global warming could wipe out a half-century of public health gains.  That has helped fuel a movement to combat climate change among health-care professionals, who are tackling both global warming's impact on public health as well as their own carbon footprint.

Climate Accord Mobilizes Health Industry by Sam Ross-Brown, The American Prospect, Dec 18, 2015 

Read original article at 2015 SkS Weekly Digest #51

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