The 2015 UCL-Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change was formed to map out a comprehensive response to climate change, in order to ensure the highest attainable standards of health for populations worldwide. This Commission is multidisciplinary and international in nature, with strong collaboration between academic centres in Europe and China.
Six key messages have emerged from its analysis:
- Current carbon emissions projections and consequent climate change pose an unacceptably high and potentially catastrophic risk to human health
- Tackling climate change can turn it into the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century
- A decarbonised global economy is no longer primarily a technical or financial question – it is now a political one.
- Global health equity, sustainable development and the international policy response to climate change are inseparable
- The health community has a vital role to play in tackling climate change
- Framing climate change as a health issue will destabilise vested interests accelerate progress towards meaningful action