ASPPH joined more than 70 other public health and medical organizations on Monday in issuing a Call to Action on Climate Health and Equity: A Policy Action Agenda to protect the health and safety of all people in the U.S. The organizations assert, “Climate change is a health emergency. We call on local, state, and national leaders to act now to stop climate pollution, promote resilient communities, and support healthy people in healthy places on a healthy planet.” The Call to Action lists ten priority actions, including:
1. Meet and strengthen greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments and support the Paris Agreement.
2. Transition rapidly away from the use of coal, oil and natural gas to clean, safe, and renewable energy and energy efficiency.
3. Emphasize active transportation in the transition to zero-carbon transportation systems.
4. Promote healthy, sustainable and resilient farms and food systems, forests, and natural lands.
5. Ensure that all U.S. residents have access to safe and affordable drinking water and a sustainable water supply.
6. Invest in policies that support a just transition for workers and communities adversely impacted by climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy.
7. Engage the health sector voice in the call for climate action.
8. Incorporate climate solutions into all health care and public health systems.
9. Build resilient communities in the face of climate change.
10. Invest in climate and health.
Dr. Boris Lushniak (Maryland), chair of the ASPPH Advocacy Committee, participated in Monday’s press briefing unveiling the Call to Action.