As the only sector with healing as its mission, health care has an opportunity to use its ethical,
economic, and political influence to be a leader in climate solutions.
By moving toward climate-smart health care, the health sector can mitigate its own climate impact, save
money, and lead by example. By becoming more resilient, health care can help prepare their own
facilities and their communities for the growing impacts of climate change. And by providing societal
leadership, the health sector can help forge a vision of a future with healthy hospitals and healthy
people living on a healthy planet.
The challenge is based on three pillars:
Mitigation – Reduce health care’s own carbon
Resilience – Prepare for the impacts of extreme
weather and the shifting burden of disease.
Leadership – Educate staff and the public about
climate and health and promote policies to protect public health from climate change.