Health leaders converge with urgency, unity, and even some optimism at U.S. Climate and Health Meeting

Former Vice President Al Gore speaking about the health impacts of coal-fired power generation.

A fraught political moment

Health Care Without Harm President Gary Cohen speaking about the moral and economic power of health care in addressing climate change.

The toll on physical and mental health

Speaking pointedly about the destructive consequences of climate inaction, Van Susteren noted that these mental health effects may be compounded by the fact that they result from modifiable human activities — such as the burning of fossil fuels — and not accidents of nature.

Health leadership more important than ever

The results are promising, noted Cohen: the United States is now producing more jobs in clean energy than in the fossil fuel industry, and these investments are good for people’s health. These win-win scenarios have proven resilient to political instability, as even conservative jurisdictions are supporting renewable energy development.

More good news in health co-benefits

Former Vice President Al Gore poses with members of the Healthy Energy Initiative team.

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Health Care Without Harm

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Health Care Without Harm seeks to transform health care worldwide so the sector reduces its environmental footprint and becomes a leader in the global movement.