Health Declares Emergency

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How Climate & Ecological Breakdown Affects Your Health

Air pollution

36,000 deaths a year in the UK are attributable to outdoor air pollution

Air pollution has been linked to:

Reducing fossil fuel usage would improve air quality, save lives and help slow the pace of near-term climate change

Extreme heat

Mental Health Impacts

Poor mental heatlh can result from extreme weather events and evacuations, including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). People can also feel anxious about the threat that climate change presents to their homes, communities, and way of life.

Extreme Weather Events

Extreme weather events, including flooding in the UK, are increasing in frequency and severity due to climate change. These can cause death and injury in the short term and mental health problems such as stress and anxiety in the longer term.

Vector and Water Borne Diseases

As the climate changes, the geographic range of diseases carried by insects, such as malaria and dengue carried by mosquitoes, or schistosomiasis carried by snails, increases. Diseases like malaria may become more commonplace in Europe, and the geographic range of tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease are also increasing. Globally, warmer water temperatures and flooding mean that water borne diseases like cholera will increase.

Water and Food Security

In the UK, our water and food supplies are threatened by climate change. Flooding can contaminate drinking water and crops, whilst droughts, high temperatures, rising sea levels, and melting permafrost can threaten water supplies, disrupt food supply chains, and reduce crop yield. Impacts of extreme weather elsewhere in the world affect food prices in the UK and so can worsen food poverty and malnutrition.

The impact of Healthcare on Climate

A recent report by Health Care Without Harm suggests that if global healthcare were a country, it would be the 5th largest emitter of greenhouse gases. In the UK the NHS produces 5.4% of the countries carbon emissions.

Two NHS bodies - Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust and Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership - have declared climate emergencies, committing to urgent action to become carbon neutral.

Major steps that the healthcare sector can take to reduce its carbon footprint include:

Small steps we can all take

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