Our last newsletter of 2009 and it’s been a great year – being inspired by lots of individuals and organisations working in or alongside health, thinking up new ways to engage people and developing partnerships to help us transform healthcare. Despite some frustrations, looking back at the year as a whole it does feel as though there is progress: 10:10 a huge national success, all big global companies talking the green talk (even if a few have yet to fully walk…), the first Green Fellow appointed in a clinical specialty, the NHS Forest launched, the Carbon Reduction Commitment putting a price on carbon emissions in the NHS, and so on – a lot to be positive about. Thanks to all of you for being part of this work, I hope you have a rest over Christmas and the New Year and we look forward to sharing more (good) news next year.
Rachel Stancliffe, Director, Campaign for Greener Healthcare
JOIN THE HEALTH WAVE - SATURDAY 5TH DECEMBER
Join us for the UK’s biggest ever demonstration in support of action on climate change – The Wave. A coalition of health organisations will be holding a fun feeder event at the Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, London that aims to bring together a growing movement of health professionals concerned about climate change. After some inspiring talks from a range of speakers and a photo opportunity outside the RCN wearing blue scrubs, we will join the main march to Parliament, demanding a healthier, low carbon society for ourselves and future generations. For more details and links to posters and flyers click here.
LANCET: TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE IS GOOD FOR HEALTH
The health benefits of strategies for tackling climate change were described as "a convenient truth" at the launch of groundbreaking research published by the Lancet on 25th November. The series of six papers, published two weeks before the crucial climate negotiations in Copenhagen, explore how policies to mitigate against climate change will improve the health and lives of populations around the world.
The research was carried out by an international team, led by Professor Sir Andrew Haines, Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, to analyse the effects of policies on food, transport, the built environment, household energy, electricity generation, and greenhouse emissions. For more details click here.
TOOLS & RESOURCES - CLIMATE CONNECTION LIBRARY
The Climate Connection online library includes a wide range of teaching and other resources on climate change and health. Download slide packs, papers, posters, guidance and other documents provided by a wide range of contributors including several slide packs by Dr Frances Mortimer and the WHO. You can use the popular slide packs that include: the health impacts of climate change; the science of climate change; mitigation and health improvement; commissioning for carbon reduction and resilience and climate change and the NHS.
CARBON ADDICT SERIES - DIAGNOSING DEPENDENCE
A definite diagnosis of carbon dependence can be made on the basis of ICD-10 diagnostic criteria. Features include: "A strong desire or sense of compulsion to take the substance" (e.g. compulsive upgrading of mobile phone or other functioning electronic goods); "Difficulties in controlling substance-taking behaviour in terms of its onset, termination, or levels of use" (e.g. failed attempts to cycle to work); and "Persisting with substance use despite clear evidence of overtly harmful consequences" (it is important to check that your patient is aware of the harmful effects of climate change and the relationship to their own carbon habit).
For full guidance please see: www.carbonaddict.org/diagnosing-dependence
GOOD MONTH FOR ...
Green Nephrology with the successful webinar on water saving, for more details click here.
Trees with the publication of the Forestry Commission report Combating Climate Change - a role for UK forests
Those with a philosophical belief in climate change (based on the scientific evidence) and the moral imperative to do something about it with the Employment Appeal Tribunal Judgement on 3rd November. For more details click here.
BAD MONTH FOR ...
In fact probably 'bad year' for anyone trying to reach the Campaign for Greener Healthcare by email from the 'contact us page' as to our horror we realised it wasn't going anywhere. Sincere apologies if you have tried to email us and didn't get a response - please do send your email again.