Climate change and human health

WHO call to Action

Climate change has the potential to do serious harm to the health of individuals around the world. But tackling climate change could substantially reduce the risks while also improving human health by, for example, delivering cleaner air and healthier cities.

That’s why WHO is asking you to support our call to action, which is raising awareness of the health opportunities we can realise by tackling climate change now.

WHO call to action will be presented at the Paris COP and will demand a climate deal that delivers:

  • Strong and effective action to limit climate change, and avoid unacceptable risks to global health:
  • Scaling up of financing for adaptation to climate change: including public health measures to reduce the risks from extreme weather events, infectious disease, diminishing water supplies, and food insecurity.
  • Actions that both reduce climate change and improve health, including reducing the number of deaths from cancer, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases that are caused by air pollution (currently over 7 million per annum).

You can take action today by:

  • Signing the Call to Action
  • Sharing it with your professional networks, friends and family
  • Learning more about how acting on climate change could improve human health

Add your name to the list and send a clear message to Paris that health should be at the heart of the climate negotiations.

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