Advocacy and Calls to Action

Briefing for Health Sector, UNSG Climate Action Summit – 8/8/19

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Global Health Council Advocacy Updates

The Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA) tracks the international scene of climate and health.  The UN Climate Summit in NYC is this September 23rd. leading to COP 2020 The next big international negotiations on climate are scheduled for 2020.  All countries will need to set the rules for compliance to pledges. The cuts in emissions need to be doubled to those previously proposed.  The very concerning issue is that the U.S. has joined with Saudi Arabia and Russia to block the scientific findings of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) report.  This would cause a “No Action” stance on climate change mitigation.  The U.S. opposition will also embolden other countries to adopt a “No action” stance.

The IH section focuses on protecting the health of populations in developing countries where climate change takes a disproportionate toll.

The IH Chair requested examples of actions we could take:

As an APHA member

·         Review resources on APHA’s Center for Climate, Heath and Equity and other climate related APHA sites for information and suggestions to take action.

·         Review IH CC&H WG web site and other climate resources: provide feedback & offer resources

·         Inform and advocate for increased awareness of the disproportionate climate vulnerability of at-risk poor countries.

·         Sign on to APHA and other organizations’ advocacy alerts related to climate change

As the IH section –

·         Contact Center for Climate, Health and Equity, ENV and other sections to urge more information and advocacy on at-risk poor countries’ needs and available resources.

·         Sign on to the letter to Dr. Benjamin, developed by the Topic Committee, urging APHA to support the Green New Deal

·         Consider developing a letter to Dr. Benjamin focused on IH section’s at-risk population’s needs.

·         Advocate in the Inter-sectional council and other venues for increased focus on climate change and health with a focus on at risk – poor countries

As a citizen or resident –

·         Contact your national representatives: advocate that the U.S. and they actively accept and use the IPCC science for decisions on carbon emissions

·         Urge your national and state representative to support the Green New Deal

·         Access and use the many excellent fact sheets, posters, graphics, and other resources on climate change in your communities and workplaces to advocate and act: WHO Climate Change and HealthCDC Climate Change and Health

At the local level —

·         Engage with local civic and religious organizations that advocate and provide many games, tools, for “greening” /Care for Creation activities to reduce your community’s carbon footprint: Carbon Footprint Game!

·         Urge your local and state representatives, civic and religious organizations to take action on climate change, by discussing the toll on children’s health

·         Travel green – make your air travel green using a carbon calculator such as Terrapass

·         Divest in companies such as coal, gas, and petroleum that produce carbon emissions