Under the coordination of the Global Climate and Health Alliance, EuroHealthNet and the global health community are urging world leaders at COP28 to prioritise health and take action on climate change. Climate change has a significant impact on communities, health workers, and health systems worldwide. To prioritise health at COP28, leaders must address the root cause of the climate crisis by phasing out fossil fuels. This will improve the health prospects of future generations and protect against extreme weather and ecological degradation.
Ending fossil fuel dependency will also reduce air pollution, premature deaths, and economic costs. Investing in clean energy sources and ensuring access for all communities is essential. Financing the transition and eliminating the influence of fossil fuel interests at climate negotiations are crucial. Without ambitious climate action, healthcare systems will face an insurmountable burden. Leaders are urged to commit to an accelerated phase-out of fossil fuels and invest in a renewable energy transition for the health and well-being of all.
The letter is open for endorsement until 30/11.