The climate emergency is a health emergency, and through the #GreenerNHS campaign NHS England acknowledges this.
The NHS, which currently accounts for around 5% of total UK carbon emissions, has committed to achieving ‘net-zero’ as soon as possible. This year a target date will be announced, alongside a plan for how to get there. To support this world-leading commitment to ending the health sector’s contribution to climate change, a ‘call for evidence’ has been launched.
You can help the NHS reduce its environmental impact, and help to shape the plan of action by submitting you own case studies of sustainable practice, as well as data, ideas and research (established and emerging) that helps to identify new opportunities for greening the NHS. The deadline for submissions is currently Sunday 22 March 2020, after which submissions will be reviewed by an expert panel – including UK Health Alliance on Climate Change Chair, Dr Richard Smith.
In this short podcast, Dr Isobel Braithwaite, a public health registrar, academic clinical fellow at UCL, and coordinator of Health Declares Climate Emergency, and Sandy Robertson, Emergency Medicine Trainee and Chair of the RCEM’s environmental specialist interest group, discuss the #GreenerNHS campaign. What is it, why does it matter, and how can you help by submitting evidence?