Green Universal Health Care

The Nossal Institute is writing a series of thought pieces to coincide with COP26 to discuss developments in the area of health and climate change.

We will be reflecting on our contribution and how health systems can enable genuine planetary health.

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No is a Healthy Word

As climate chaos escalates in the coming decade, transformation needs to happen faster and more comprehensively. Change has a price though.

We can’t keep doing the same things and expecting a different outcome. The cost of change is changing the status quo. Change means saying no.

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Why we need to green health care facilities

If healthcare was considered a country, it would be the fifth largest polluter on earth. To make a serious impact on climate change targets, we need to green our health systems and facilities.

Greening health care facilities builds their resilience to repeated climate-related threats and minimises their generation of environmental and climate related harm.

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Is our infrastructure a COVID winner?

The Covid-19 pandemic has starkly highlighted the inter-relatedness and inter-connections between physical infrastructure, critical utilities and services, and the socio-economic web we live in.

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What did Health Get from COP26?

COP26 has finished and what did health get out of it?

Well, it got many commitments.

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Prescribing Nature

There has been plenty of talk at COP26 about nature-based solutions. As part of this, 133 countries have pledged their commitment to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030

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Putting health at the heart of climate talks

Putting health at the heart of all climate discussions in Glasgow this week is the goal of the World Health Organization. Its Special Report on Climate Change and Health urges ten high impact actions for governments to tak

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Future Health Systems: Resilient and Sustainable

The Conference of the Parties to the UN Climate Change conference (COP26) starts this week in Glasgow. While a COP takes place every year, COP21 is best known because of the Paris Agreement

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COVID Hero - Climate Laggard?

While COVID19 has shown the critical role of health systems as a first responder in a global planetary crisis, we need to recognise the uncomfortable fact that health systems are a major contributor to a different crisis - the climate crisis.

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