Climate Change is also a matter of Public Health

Climate change impacts on public heatlth

End of June, the 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change, a multidisciplinary commission, published a new report highlighting that climate change could erase 50 years of health advances. But its most central finding is that « tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century. »

Indeed climate change presents a potentially “catastrophic risk” to public health due to increased risk of the spread of diseases, food insecurity and air pollution, among many other things, the report says. Diseases like dengue fever or malaria are likely to spread due to the impact of climate change in some areas.

However, authors write that global warming is a great opportunity to improve people’s health in the 21st century and key recommendations of the report consist in switching to clean energy, investing in medical research and changing cities to support healthy lifestyles. Indeed recommendations to fight climate change such as active transport or eating healthier local diet will also help us fight diabetes or heart diseases and thus improve our health.

The report is also a call for health professionals to take part to the climate change debate. In the run-up to the COP21 summit in Paris at the end of the year, it is time to give a public health perspective to the discussions.

Sanofi lives up to its responsibility to protect the environment by limiting the environmental impact of its activities and products and just signed a global agreement with SUEZ environnement.

Details report available on The Lancet website


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