Welcome to November’s newsletter.
As we move towards the end of 2018, we can be proud of the impact we have had on the news agenda over the past few months, and the impact the Alliance is having on raising the volume of the conversation around health and climate change.
Our all-member report on air pollution was covered by the Guardian, the Times and numerous other news outlets, despite the WHO also announcing air pollution to be the ‘new tobacco’, continuing Brexit negotiations and the first Monday budget since 1962.
BMJ Editor in Chief, Fiona Godlee, hosted a live webinar from the WHO conference for our partner organisation the Global Climate and Health Alliance, and UKHACC Director, Laurie Laybourn-Langton became the champion of living walls for Sky News.
Later this month we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Climate Change Act, which coincides with the launch of this year’s Lancet Countdown report. Expect some dialogue from us, as we add our combined expert voice to the discourse.
Keep checking our website and Twitter for updates, and please do continue to support us with likes and re-tweets.
Dr Claire McLoughlin, Communications Manager, UK Health Alliance on Climate Change
UK Health Alliance on Climate Change launches all-member air pollution report
Health bodies called for the biggest changes to air quality legislation in over 60 years, in a new all-member UKHACC report launched in October.
First WHO Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health held
The First WHO Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health took place at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland from 30 October to 1 November, and set an aspirational goal to reduce the number of deaths from air pollution by two-thirds by 2030.
CCC advises fundamental agriculture reforms needed for UK to reach carbon net-zero in two new reports
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has has published two linked reports and urged ministers to implement policies that will fundamentally reform the way in which the UK’s land is used, in order to create carbon sinks and accelerate progress towards carbon net-zero. Read more
BBC promises greener broadcasting with new sustainability strategy
The BBC has unveiled a new sustainability strategy, which sets out commitments to source 100% renewable energy, achieve zero waste to landfill.
See more here
Live webinar attracts participants from around the globe
BMJ Editor in Chief, Dr Fiona Godlee hosted a live webinar from Geneva on Wednesday 31 October. In support of the UnMask My City campaign, led in the UK by UKHACC. Special guests included Dr Maria Neira, Director of the Department of Public Health and Environment at the World Health Organisation and Dr Arvind Kumar, Lung Care Foundation Founder and Trustee.
Standing room only at UKHACC all-member air pollution report launch
Guests at the October 29 launch of the new UKHACC report packed into the colourful surroundings of Great Ormond Street’s Lagoon café to hear opinions and lively debate involving panelists Baroness Bryony Worthington, BMJ Editor in Chief Fiona Godlee and the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Dr Lisa Page.
Blog: Greener Hospitals, Healthier Communities
This month, UKHACC Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Antonia Jennings, reflects on the messages and recommendations from our recently published paper Greener Hospitals, Healthier Communities.
Carbon Trust Standard certification awarded to RCP
The RCP has become the first royal college to receive the Carbon Trust Standard certification, in recognition of its commitment to sustainable working. The certification follows a reduction of 30% in the RCP’s total carbon footprint over the past 3 years. The RCP has also switched electricity provision entirely to 100% renewable energy and uses environmentally responsible suppliers and service partners. Read more
New RCP report recommends bespoke outpatient care approach
A new approach to outpatient care is needed if it is to meet growing demand and reduce disruption to patients’ lives, according to a new report from the Royal College of Physicians co-authored by Dr Toby Hillman, clinical lead for the RCP Sustainability Programme. Read more
UnMask My City goes viral at WHO conference
Global Health and Climate Alliance campaign, UnMask My City, was at the WHO Conference on Air Pollution, where it held a world-wide social media campaign. The campaign involved measuring local ambient air pollution levels and posting results on Twitter. Read more about UnMask My City
FSRH appoints Dr Helen Munro as Vice President for Membership
Dr Helen Munro has been appointed Vice President for Membership at the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH). Helen is a Consultant in Community Sexual and Reproductive Health at Hywel Dda University Health Board, South West Wales.