CREDS researcher, Ian Hamilton, supported work on a report, released last Friday, which looks at the inequalities in health and the health of our planet.
CREDS researcher, Ian Hamilton, supported work on a report, released last Friday, which looks at the inequalities in health and the health of our planet. The UCL Institute of Health Equity (IHE) was commissioned by the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) to develop recommendations that could both improve the nation’s health, reduce health inequalities and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
An Advisory Group was set up to look at how to achieve a green recovery and improve health equity when setting the sixth carbon budget. The Group asserts that the impacts of climate change will likely widen existing health inequalities in the UK and warns that if health equity isn’t considered alongside future government greenhouse gas targets, it will continue to be the most vulnerable who are unfairly hit the hardest.
Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Advisory Group Chair and Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity (IHE) said:
When we talk about climate change health inequalities are often forgotten. Action to improve health equity can be consistent with measures to reduce GHG emissions. But this requires careful consideration of who benefits and who pays for different policy measures: the costs must not be unfairly borne by people on low incomes, who bear least responsibility for the emissions that cause climate change. To avoid this health equity must be an explicit policy goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. If we are to achieve a green recovery we need to take a leaf out of New Zealand’s book and switch emphasis from GDP to wellbeing in measuring our country’s economic success.
|Minimising air pollution||
|Building energy efficient homes||
|Promoting sustainable and healthy food||
|Prioritising active and safe transport||
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