Today, health journals across the world have simultaneously published an editorial calling for world leaders to take emergency action to limit climate change, restore biodiversity, and protect health.
The editorial has been published in over 200 leading journals including the RCP’s journal Clinical Medicine, an unprecedented intervention. It has been coordinated by the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change and has been released in advance of the UN General Assembly in September 2021.
The editorial makes the following key points:
- Governments must undertake emergency action to transform societies and economies in order to rapidly reduce global emissions and restore nature. Such a transformation would realise vast positive health benefits.
- Sufficient global emergency action can only be achieved if high-income countries do far more to support the rest of the world and to reduce their own consumption.
- Action on the climate and nature crisis cannot wait for the pandemic to end. The climate and nature crisis is the greatest threat to global public health.
The article can be read in full here.