Climate and health are closely interconnected, so countries must take ambitious commitments to ensure a healthy and environmentally-friendly recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, the UN health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday.
Tuesdays, October 12th, 2021 (HealthDay News)– Climate change is the “single biggest health threat facing humanity,” and governments must adopt “immediate action” to tackle the health crisis, warns a special report from the World Health Organization.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on the intimate and delicate links between humans, animals and our environment,”Tedros Adhanom
The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the close and sensitive links between humans, animals and our environment, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’ s Director-General.
In an open letter to leaders across the globe, 150 organizations, including 400 health experts, expressed support for 10 climate and health actions, detailed in Monday’s WHO report.
“healthy, sustainable, and resilient”Tedros Adhanom
This includes redesigning urban environments and transport systems, strengthening “healthy, sustainable, and resilient” food delivery systems and committing to a “healthy, green, and just recovery” of Covid-19, which includes access to vaccinations worldwide and actions to prevent future pandemics.
The greatest concerns, continue the experts, are combustion of fossil fuels that contributes to climate change and consequently an intensification of extreme weather events like heat waves, storms and floods and rising sea levels.
The WHO says air pollution, which is mostly generated by burning fossil fuels and which is also driving the global climate change, causes 13 deaths per minute.
Limiting global warming to 1.5°C isn't only the right thing to do but also a shared responsibility for health.
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) October 11, 2021
The unsustainable choices that are killing our planet are killing people. @WHO calls on all countries to commit to decisive action at #COP26 to limit global warming to 1.5°C. #ClimateAction is not just the right thing to do, it’s in our own interest. https://t.co/z5y7dFjN9r pic.twitter.com/ozRS3eJUK5
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) October 11, 2021