“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.
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“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.”
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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.
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