World Health Day: Take climate action, take care of each other |
In its call to action, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a shocking report on Monday, noting that 99% of people breathe unhealthy air – mainly from burning fossil fuels.
“The climate crisis is a health crisis: The very unsustainable choices that are killing our planet are killing people,” speak WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Health and social crisis
The United Nations health agency warns that the warming world is seeing mosquito-borne diseases spread more widely and faster than ever before.
And extreme weather events, biodiversity loss, land degradation and water scarcity, are displacing people and affecting health, while pollution and plastics are found at the bottom of the ocean. The deepest oceans and highest mountains in the world, are increasingly making their way into the food chain and blood stream.
Furthermore, unhealthy, highly processed food and beverage production systems are driving waves of obesity, increasing cancer and heart disease, and generating up to a third of emissions. greenhouse effect globally.
This Health and social crises are affecting people’s ability to take control of their health and lives.According to WHO.
The COVID-19 The pandemic has highlighted the fault lines of inequality around the world, emphasizing the urgency of creating sustainable and healthy societies that don’t violate ecological boundaries.
The agency said we need to ensure that everyone has access to life-saving and life-saving tools, systems, policies and environments.
WHO Declaration to recover green and healthy after the pandemic considers the protection and conservation of nature as the main source of human health.
It advocates investing in essential services – from water and sanitation to clean energy in healthcare facilities – ensuring a healthy and rapid energy transition; promote healthy and sustainable food systems; build healthy and livable cities; and prevent taxpayers’ money from funding pollution.
And Geneva Charter on health, highlighting what global commitments are needed to achieve equitable health and social outcomes for now and for future generations, without undermining the health of our planet .
At a time of growing conflict and fragility, WHO is marking its founding by kicking off Our Planet, Our Health campaign, which re-imagines and re-prioritizes resources to create healthier societies.
“We need transformative solutions to detox the world from fossil fuelsto reimagine economies and societies centered on happiness and to protect the health of the planet on which human health depends,” stressed Tedros.
Through the World Health Day campaign, WHO calls on governments, organisations, corporations and people to share the actions they are taking to protect the planet and human health.