Climate and health news: May 2021

  • US & Canada

A reflection on climate, health, and equity in the new Biden-Harris administration

The Biden-Harris administration has already taken unprecedented action to address the climate crisis and is instituting a whole-of-government approach, centered on health and equity. Read our reflection on the administration’s plan to ensure climate-smart, resilient, and just communities during President Biden’s first 100 days in office.

Federal climate action

Health care’s trusted voice advances climate and environmental justice policy

Health system coalition advocacy supports and elevates policy to protect patient and community health, especially for communities most vulnerable to climate change. Health Care Without Harm collaborates with leading health systems to establish a coalition model and weigh in on climate policy and regulations in three states. Learn more about the recent legislative successes in Washington state supported by our Washington Health Care Climate Alliance.

Legislative success

Building health care and community resilience in Southeast Florida

Health Care Without Harm, in partnership with Cleveland Clinic and Perkins&Will, recently held a two-day virtual summit in Southeast Florida to explore ways to bolster health care and community resilience. Attendees from health care, government, academia, and community organizations came together to better understand how climate change and extreme weather events impact the region and to identify opportunities for collaboration to build more community resilience.

Building resilience

Series spotlights health sector’s role in building sustainable, equitable communities

Boston’s Green Ribbon Commission recently launched a virtual series focused on building an equitable, healthy, climate-resilient future for Boston, inviting representatives from the health sector, including Health Care Without Harm, to share their success stories. These webinars are part of a series designed to accelerate the implementation of Boston’s Climate Action Plan by providing high-quality content on climate resilience and carbon mitigation.

Watch and learn

Celebrating the new Global Road Map for Health Care Decarbonization

Health Care Without Harm launched a new report that charts a course for zero-emissions health care by 2050 at the 2021 Skoll World Forum. Our Global Road Map for Health Care Decarbonization identifies seven high-impact actions to put health care firmly on the road to zero emissions and provides policy recommendations for a healthier, more resilient future. Read, watch, and learn about this new resource.

Decarbonize health care

Upcoming events

Live conversation: Providence CEO discusses climate, health, and equity, June 23 

Visit our Climate and Health program page to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.