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Healthy Futures #7: The NHS and Climate Change

Classification:Climate Change, Health
Document type:SDC Reports & Papers
Download:HealthyFutures7(2).pdf - 489 KB
Summary:imageClimate change threatens the health and well-being of current and future generations.
There is still a chance to minimise the extent and effects of global warming but swift action is vital.

As a good corporate citizen, the NHS can play a leading role in protecting and promoting the health of the communities it serves. By reducing carbon emissions and encouraging healthier lifestyles it can combat climate change, save money, and achieve health benefits on many levels by simultaneously tackling issues such as obesity and health inequalities.

By giving higher priority to preventing illness and promoting sustainable development the NHS can safeguard its own capacity to look after the nation’s health in future.

This publication is the seventh in a series that explores the NHS contribution to sustainable development. It looks at why and how NHS organisations can take serious action against climate change.

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