Climate Change and HealthCoda EarthFOAMed LibrarySustainable healthcareEvery child born today will be severely impacted by the climate crisis

Did you know, that every child born today will be severely impacted by the climate crisis?

Canadian sub-arctic is already 2.5c warmer than 70 years ago.

Critically, the climate crisis is responsible for numerous health issues.

Heat stress, chronic disease from air pollution, infectious diseases, malnutrition, famine, displacement… to name a few.

Therefore, healthcare professionals need to find ways to cope with the ramifications of this inevitability.

We need to take action on two broad fronts, firstly mitigation to prevent further rise in global temperatures by decarbonising, and secondly adaptation to prevent the catastrophic effects on our patients’ health.

The choices we make right now will have massive impacts on our children and their children.

We can take action at a Micro level (our personal actions), Meso level (our hospitals, universities, and local communities, and Macro level (the whole of government).

The cost of taking action on the climate crisis will be high but the cost of inaction will be way higher.

It’s paramount we work together towards a healthier, sustainable energy source.

Politicians have responded to Covid but why haven’t they responded to climate change evidence?

A united front by healthcare professionals will deliver solidarity and make an impact.

After all, every child born today will be severely impacted by the climate crisis.

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Tim Buckley

Tim has 30 years financial markets experience, including providing public interest related financial analysis in the seaborne coal and electricity sectors for IEEFA since 2013, studying energy efficiency and renewables across China and India, and the resulting stranded asset risks in Australia. Tim was co-founder of a start-up global listed clean energy equities fund with Westpac as a cornerstone investor. From 1998 to 2007 Tim was Managing Director at Citigroup, Head of Australasian Equity Research, and worked at Macquarie Group in Australia then Deutsche Bank in Singapore as a top rated equity analyst since 1988.


Nick Watts

Nick Watts is the Chief Sustainability Officer of the NHS, responsible for its commitment to deliver a world-class net zero emission health service. Based in London, he leads the Greener NHS team across the country, which focuses on improving the health of patients and the public through a robust and accelerated response to climate change and the broader sustainability agenda. Nick is a medical doctor licensed in Australia and the UK, and has trained population health and public policy. Prior to the National Health Service, Nick worked internationally as the Executive Director of the Lancet Countdown and the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change, a collaboration of UN agencies and academic centres across the world. He has also focused on engaging the health profession on the links between public health and climate change, having founded both the Global Climate and Health Alliance and the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change.


Dan Gocher

Dan Gocher is ACCR’s Director of Climate & Environment. Dan spent fifteen years in investment banking and asset management. More recently, he was the asset management campaigner at the environmental NGO Market Forces. Dan is an expert in corporate lobbying, climate risk disclosure, and engagement and proxy voting. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney.

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Courtney Howard

Courtney Howard is an Emergency Physician in Canada’s subarctic, President of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Chair of the advocacy subcommittee of the WHO-Civil Society Working Group on Climate Change and Health, is on the Steering Committee for the Planetary Health Alliance and is Policy Coordinator for ClimateCODA. She has led research on menstrual cups and wildfires, was the 2018 International Policy Coordinator for the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, and has participated in advocacy around divestment, carbon pricing, active transport, plant-rich diets, coal phase-out, hydraulic fracturing, wildfires, and the mental health impacts of climate change. Her mentors in mischievous change-making are her two hilarious daughters, with whom she can frequently be found dancing to indefensible pop music.