“Absolutely zero progress was made [at COP27] on a commitment to fully phase out fossil fuels, and without tackling the major root cause of the climate crisis, we cannot fully protect health,” said Jeni Miller, executive director of the Global Climate and Health Alliance. “There wasn’t any progress made on that. They just repeated the same language as at COP 26.”
Here’s a roundup of some of the top media coverage achieved by the Global Climate and Health Alliance during COP27.
Media Coverage roundup: International Health Organizations Call for Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty
The following news coverage resulted from our September 14, 2022 press release: International Health Organizations Call for Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty
Daily Maverick: UN chief calls new climate change report an ‘atlas of human suffering’ — but it’s not all bad news
“These palpable signs of the climate crisis and the resulting health emergency must serve to spur us towards transforming our food, energy, health, and transportation systems to make them fit for purpose”, said Jeni Miller, Global Climate and Health Alliance.
Miller said health professionals urged world leaders in Glasgow to meet the more ambitious goal of the 2015 Paris agreement: limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. “The science is clear that warming greater than that could be catastrophic for people’s health, and that every tenth of a degree averted matters,” she said.
Amit Singh from Students for Global Health and Dr Jeni Miller of Global Climate and Health Alliance spoke with Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman from COP26, 12 November 2021, about how 46 million health workers from around the world are calling on world leaders to protect people’s health from heatwaves, air pollution, extreme weather events, and the need to keep global temperature rises below 1.5C.
From extreme heat to hunger, climate change is bringing growing health threats – but bringing together emissions cuts and adaptation efforts could help
Research has increasingly shown that warming is taking a deadly toll on human health. At the global climate summit in Glasgow, the issue has gained new prominence.
BBC World Service – Newsday. Dr Jeni Miller speaks to James Copnall about the need to put health at the heart of climate policy at COP26.
South Africa’s high score shows that high emitting countries can and must integrate health into their climate commitments,” said Jeni Miller, executive director of the Global Climate and Health Alliance
“We know that climate change is impacting people’s health, this is increasingly visible around the world. We also know that many solutions to address climate change offer tremendous health co-benefits,” said Dr Jeni Miller of Global Climate and Health Alliance, the organisation which drafted the letter. “The health community is really seeing that if we don’t step up and call for action on climate change, we’re failing the patients and the communities that we care for.”
Jeni Miller, executive director of the alliance, an international consortium of health professionals and organizations, said that recognizing the gaps in current climate change mitigation plans, and adapting them to respond to the real-time health effects of global warming, is essential to do now, so that governments will have time to adapt before this year’s rescheduled COP26 summit.
The Guardian: Extreme temperatures kill 5 million people a year with heat-related deaths rising, study finds
Analysis by the Global Climate and Health Alliance ranked Australia equal last out of 66 countries for efforts to include human health concerns in their climate commitments.
Health Policy Watch: Health & Climate Activists Have High Hopes That US Climate Summit Can Open New Chapter
“While I do think that health may come up during the Summit, it’s not actually on the official agenda,” [Miller] said, adding. “If you’re talking about climate change and you’re not talking about the impact on people, you’re missing the boat.”
BBC World Service Newshour: Global Climate and Health Alliance’s Jeni Miller Calls for Embedding of Health in Climate Policy
Jeni Miller, Executive Director, Global Climate and Health Alliance, calls on world leaders attending the Leaders Climate Summit on April 22, 2021 to embed health in climate policy ahead of COP26.