September 22, 2015
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India | Debut of Healthy Energy Educational Tours

In early September, Healthy Energy Initiative – India launched their Speaking Tour and “Toxic Tour,” a series of classroom lectures combined with community field visits designed to sensitize students, faculty, and researchers on issues surrounding energy, industrial pollution, and environmental health. The sessions are organized in partnership with leading medical and public health institutions. The first stop took place at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.  Read more.


Global | Upcoming GGHH Webinars on Climate, Energy, and Health

Health Care Without Harm’s Global Green and Healthy Hospitals 
(GGHH) Webinar Series is offering two upcoming webinars on the connections between climate change, energy choices, and health. These webinars are aimed at GGHH members but are open to all. 
  • September 29/30, 2015: Health and Climate Change: The Lancet Commission Report. Learn more and register.
  • October 21, 2015: Health Impacts of Energy Choices: Opportunities for Health Sector Leadership. Save the date! Registration coming soon. 

Global | Paris Conference on Climate Change and Health Care (December 4)

Health Care Without Harm and the French Hospital Federation 
are co-organizing a Conference on Climate Change and Health Care in Paris on December 4, parallel with the negotiations at the UN Climate Conference. The event will bring together managers of healthcare facilities and community health professionals in France, as well as representatives of institutions in Europe, US, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Learn more and register.

South Africa | Raising Public Awareness about Coal and Health 

“Coal pollution is destroying your health.” This message – backed by local analyses that adds to a global evidence base – was at the center of a recent public awareness campaign in the Mpumalanga Highveld, a region heavily burdened by pollution from the coal industry. Organized by the Healthy Energy Initiative’s South Africa partner, groundWork, along with the Highveld Environmental Justice Network, the campaign targeted local residents as well as government and health officials in the region. The campaign consisted of a series of prominent road-side billboards, 
informational pamphlets, and community screenings of an award-winning documentary, The Bliss of Ignorance. Set against the wider climate change debate, The Bliss of Ignorance highlights how the mining and burning of coal affects the environment, polluting the air and valuable water resources in a water-scarce country.
Read more, watch the documentary, and follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter

Canada | Canadian Medical Association Divests from Fossil Fuels

The Canadian Medical Association will divest 
its holdings in fossil-fuel companies, a move doctors hope will send a powerful symbolic message that climate change is an urgent health concern. "When the health effects of tobacco became known, the CMA quickly changed its investments. In times of climate change, health organizations around the world are divesting in fossil fuels," said physician Courtney Howard in presenting the divestment motion to the CMA’s general council. Read more.

Europe | HEAL Webinar Series on Climate and Health

In the run-up to the COP21 negotiations in Paris this December, Healthy Energy Initiative’s European partner, the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), is organizing a series of webinars entitled “COP21: Perspectives on how climate action can benefit health.” These half-hour webinars feature high level thought leaders and experts in climate and health, discussing a variety of issues around the health impact of climate change and the health co-benefits of mitigation activities. Read more.

US | Renewable Energy is Good for Health

In a new study published in Nature Climate Change, researchers from Harvard University found that renewable energy projects and energy efficiency measures—particularly those that replace coal-fired power plants—will not only decrease carbon emissions but may also have major health implications. For regions implementing the measures, the resulting savings range between $5.7 million to $210 million annually. Read more.

US | Climate Change is a Preventable Lifestyle Disease

“With counseling, interventions and clinical best practices, doctors and 
public health experts are moving the dial on smoking, obesity and some of our toughest lifestyle-related diseases. We can do the same with climate change, if we take the same preventive approach to curing it.” In an editorial, Kathy Gerwig, Health Care Without Harm board member and vice president and environmental stewardship officer at Kaiser Permanente, urged the public and health professionals to take climate action as a means of mitigating health risks. Read more.

Healthy Energy News Roundup

Reports and Publications

Health Effects from Coal Use in Energy GenerationDownload report
Addressing Climate Change in Health Care Settings. Download report
Global Green and Healthy Hospitals: Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Health Care Worldwide. A project of HCWH
Healthy Energy Initiative: Clean renewable energy for public health. A project of HCWH
HCWH is a member of the Global Climate and Health Alliance
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