As the global community grapples with the challenges posed by a changing climate, we are coming to understand that many strategies to mitigate climate change can also have positive impacts on the incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). We can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in many ways, including by supporting sustainable food production and consumption, promoting walking and cycling, improving public transportation and designing and disseminating clean-burning cookstoves. At the same time, many of these much-needed interventions will also to improve public health by reducing the burden cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, respiratory conditions and cancer.
PHI will be hosting a panel discussion in New York on September 19, during the UN High Level Meeting on NCDs, at which global leaders in the fields of public health, nutrition and climate change will explore what is known about the interactions between climate and health, identify gaps in existing knowledge and plan a course for the future - a future in where we all have cleaner air to breathe, healthier and safer food to eat, and healthier communities in which to live.
Please see the invitation here for more information. And if you're in New York on September 19, please join us!