Thursday, July 18, 2024

Global Health and Climate Change: Moving from Rhetoric to Action

This piece dear reader forms part of a series of articles on climate change and health. The first piece was on whether Botswana can use the “ Muskoka Initiative to revitalize primary health care.

The literature shows that there is increasing understanding, globally, that climate change and increased pollution will have a profound and mostly harmful effect on human health. As a result of that rresearchers have modelled different possible future climate change scenarios in order to assist with policy changes to mitigate these effects. The literature also illustrates that science is clear and unequivocal that human activity is responsible for current and future climate change.  These changes and increases in pollutants are affecting planetary health. Human health and well-being are consequences of overall planetary health. Even if countries meet the Paris Accord goals, substantial health burdens and health risks due to climate change may be unavoidable. This therefore calls for more robust and aggressive policies combined with climate change action of each, requiring every individual citizen, policy actors and non-state actors needed to mitigate and prepare for future climate events.

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