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Grand Challenge on Climate Change, Human Health, and Equity

Climate change is among the most important and urgent global health threats and opportunities of the 21st Century.

About the Program

Recognizing this, the NAM launched a Grand Challenge on Climate Change, Human Health, and Equity in 2020. The Climate Grand Challenge is a multi-year global initiative to improve and protect human health, well-being, and equity by working to transform systems that both contribute to and are impacted by climate change.The Climate Grand Challenge has five strategic objectives:听

 

  1. Communicate the climate crisis as a public health and equity crisis听
  2. Develop a comprehensive roadmap for systems transformation听
  3. Catalyze the health sector to reduce its climate footprint and ensure its resilience听
  4. Accelerate research and innovation at the nexus of climate, health, and equity听
  5. Reduce climate-related health inequities

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Exploring climate and health with next generation research leaders

Climate Grand Challenge Work Streams

Climate Communities Network

Action Collaborative on Decarbonizing the U.S. Health Sector

Communicating About Climate Change & Health

Research and Innovation

Roadmap for Systems Transformation

Coming soon!

Why Climate Change Matters for Human Health and Equity

While many consider climate change to be a looming environmental threat鈥攐ne that stands to impact future generations more so than today鈥攎illions of people die globally every year because of health issues linked to climate change. Further, these health threats and impacts are not evenly distributed or experienced across geographies or populations, but rather, are disproportionately burdening historically and currently marginalized populations, due to systemic inequities. The climate crisis is a public health and equity crisis that will continue to pose significant threats in the absence of concerted action.

The Climate Grand Challenge will highlight the most robust actions to address climate change that could yield a healthier, more equitable, and more resilient society. The NAM will serve as a unifying hub for any organization or individual who cares about this issue to come together and take action, to ultimately catalyze a climate and health movement.听

Highlighting organizational climate actions: Supports exist to help institutions in mitigating their environmental footprint. For example, 听while curbing costs.

Highlighting individual climate actions: Many individuals are committed to responding to climate change. For example, the NAM invited future health professionals to share their visions for how the health sector can address climate impacts on human health.

Staff

Chris Hanley,鈥疭enior Program Officer
Franque Alexander, Program Specialist
Camila Anderson,听Senior Program Assistant

Funmi Chinekezi, Program Officer
Vijay Iyer, Associate Program Officer

Emma Lower-McSherry, Research Associate
Jessica Marx,鈥疭enior Program Officer
Justin Massey, Associate Program Officer
Samantha Phillips, Communications Officer
Grace Robbins, Associate Program Officer

Sponsors

AstraZeneca
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Grantham Foundation
JPB Foundation鈥
McCall MacBain Foundation
Rockefeller Foundation

Want to get involved? or contact us a迟鈥ClimateandHealth@nas.edu

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