Sustainability, Climate and Health resources
- Background information on Climate Change and Health
- Information on Sustainability, Healthcare and Health co-benefits
- National and International Health and Environment organisations
- Other articles and tools of interest (carbon calculators etc)
- More general climate change and UK legislation-related information:
- A selection of videos/animations we hope you'll find useful/informative
- TED talks and other lectures that are worth watching
- Teaching resources for sessions in schools
1) Background information on Climate Change and Health
- The Lancet series on Climate Change and Health: http://www.thelancet.com/series/health-and-climate-change.
- The Health Effects of Climate Change in the UK (2001) - an updated version is due to be published soon.
- For more general background information the World Health Organisation's site is also useful.
- Climates and Change – the Urgent Need to Connect Health and Sustainable Development (2007)[pdf]
2) Information on Sustainability, Healthcare and Health co-benefits
- The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare and its subsidiary sites have several very useful resources as well as a network of engaged people in the UK.
- The NHS SDU has links to several key publications http://www.sdu.nhs.uk/publications-resources/key-reports.aspx
- Sustainable Development: Environmental Strategy for the National Health Service (2005)
- Taking the Temperature – Towards an NHS Response to Global Warming (2007)
- Building Health: Creating and Enhancing Places for Healthy, Active Lives (2007)
- HEAL and HCWH’s report, Acting NOW for better health: A 30% reduction target for EU climate policy
- The UK's Faculty of Public Health's webpage on Sustainable Development
- The EcoHealth Student association has lots of good links and resources related to ecology and health more generally.
3) Other National and International Health and Environment organisations:
- Doctors for the Environment Australia www.dea.org.au
- The Climate and Health Council are the leading international organisation in mobilising the health profession against climate change and international advocacy.
- People’s Health Movement (has a climate change circle)
- The Health and Environment Alliance ( HEAL)
- Health Care Without Harm - for info on their Healthy Hospitals Initiative see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY4ohVzrMkg&feature=player_embedded
- Climate action network Europe
- International Society of Doctors for the Environment
- Health and Climate Foundation
- Sustrans – transport www.sustrans.org.uk
- Sustain – food www.sustainweb.org
- Natural England – benefit of green spaces for health, www.naturalengland.org.uk
- Commission on Architecture and the Built Environment www.cabe.org.uk
- Transition Movement – branches in towns, villages & now even some Universities www.transitiontowns.org
The NHS Forest programme - http://nhsforest.org/
- Permaculture - www.permaculture.org
- Care Farms UK - http://www.carefarminguk.org/
4) Other articles and tools of interest
- Francis Mortimer's article 'The Sustainable Physician'
- Several items of interest on the new economics foundation's website - www.nef.org
- A recent paper on 'Medical Students, Climate Change and Health
- Best Foot Forward's GP Footprinter tool - this requires GMC registration to use, but allows GPs not only to track the carbon savingscost savings achieved within their surgery.
- The Act On CO2 carbon calculator for individuals
- The CSH's 10:10 GP Checklist
5) More general climate change and UK legislation-related information:
- The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report (2007) and IPCC site
- Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change (2006)
- The UK Government's 2008 Climate Change Bill
- The draft Energy Bill from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
- Generally the UK Youth Climate Coalition have some great resources so have a look through their site.
- The UK Climate Change Programme (2006)
- Danny Hutley, a past Healthy Planet policy guru, designed a series of 4 interactive web modules about UN negotiations a few years ago– the history, elucidating the ridiculous numbers of acronyms and going through important issues this year. If you’re interested in learning more or are joining the delegation to Qatar, we’d really recommend you check it out: http://un.ukycc.org/info-resources/youngo-training/
6) Some videos/animations you might find useful or informative:
- Prof. Hugh Montgomery on Climate Change and Health at the COP negotiations in Durban: http://youtu.be/nFKaH2vQAdw
- Sustainability in a nutshell (disclaimer: the narration is a bit annoying and American...) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5NiTN0chj0
- 'Wake up, freak out, then get a grip' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5T_3WJPYY9g
- Trailer for the Age of Stupid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZjsJdokC0s (you can get a free copy of this to screen to NHS audiences - see).
- Climate Code Green - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqMaDc4G_vs - a (now slightly out-of-date) video made by Australian medical students.
- Trailer for the film 'No Impact Man' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9Ctt7FGFBo
7) TED and other talks worth watching:
- David MacKay (Chief Scientific Adviser to DECC)'s 'reality check' on renewables http://www.ted.com/talks/david_mackay_a_reality_check_on_renewables.html
- Al Gore on the latest climate trends (2009) http://www.ted.com/talks/al_gore_warns_on_latest_climate_trends.html
- Charles Moore on plastic pollution http://www.ted.com/talks/capt_charles_moore_on_the_seas_of_plastic.html
- Barton Seaver on the challenges of producing sustainable seafood http://www.ted.com/talks/barton_seaver_sustainable_seafood_let_s_get_smart.html
- 1 hour of talks and panel discussion from the BMJ's conference on the Health and Security Implications of Climate Change last year on the Health Impacts of Climate Change (see also http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox6zbnsOWV8&feature=list_other&playnext=1&list=SP8FD86B993721B7F6 for other videos).
- A Google Talk on climate change and health by Prof Paul Epstein, one of the world's experts on the subject. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEhLVi9iveM
8) Teaching resources for sessions in schools:
- Project Genie - http://www.projectgenie.org.uk/
- Roots and Shoots - http://www.rootsnshoots.org.uk/
- The Ecoschools WasteWatch scheme
- A TED talk by 11 year old Birke Baehr on what's wrong with our food system 11-year-old Birke Baehr
- Harvard's Centre for Health and the Global Environment has some great educational materials
- Gapminder.org - see how carbon footprints internationally (and over time) are related to eg. GDP, life expectancy etc.