The College of Paramedics is the latest healthcare member organisation to join the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change (UKHACC).
Formed in 2016, the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change represents over 650,000 health professionals working across the NHS, including GPS, surgeons and nurses to advocate for responses to climate change that simultaneously protect and promote public health. More than 20 health organisations, including the Royal Society of Medicine, the Royal College of Nursing and the British Medical Association have so far joined the Alliance.
Chair of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, Dr Richard Smith said:
“We are delighted to have the paramedics join us. They are an increasingly important group within healthcare, and countering the climate crisis requires action from every group of health professionals. As the country prepares to host the COP26 climate conference later this year, we are also seeing a growing concern and desire amongst the health community for the UK Government to take stronger climate action.”
Tracy Nicholls, CEO of the College of Paramedics, said:
“The College is delighted to be able to support the urgent issues that we see arising from climate change. Many members, including our Board of Trustees, have asked for our plans in tackling the health issues that arise from our climate emergency and we are very aware that we all have to play our part. This relationship will help the College to actively contribute to this vital agenda and we welcome the support of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change in doing so.”
In 2015, former Director General of the World Health Organisation, Dr Margaret Chan, described climate change as “the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century”.
However, many of the actions which combat climate change are also good for our own health, a relationship which the UKHACC has been instrumental in communicating to the UK Government and the health profession since its foundation.
In 2019, the Alliance played a significant role in the successful campaign to persuade the UK Government to become the first major economy to set a target for carbon neutrality before 2050. The following year, it supported NHS England’s Greener NHS programme to become the world’s first carbon-neutral health service by 2040, thus helping to prevent climate change, reduce illness, and ease pressure on A&Es and the wider health service. Its most recent report, ‘All Consuming: Building a Healthier Food System for People and Planet’ made a series of recommendations calling for an urgent overhaul of the way food is sourced, distributed and consumed in order to mitigate the climate crisis.
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