Michael Levitin reports on how the US healthcare industry is tackling its own emissions and helping cities become more resilient to climate change
Mobilising industry and individuals to act with urgency on climate change has never been easy, but when it comes to the healthcare sector, which is responsible for 10% of America’s total greenhouse gas emissions, that appears to be changing.
Healthcare companies and professionals played a big role at the Global Climate Action Summit held in San Francisco in September. And that is because the worse the impacts of climate change, the more attention is being focused on healthcare as a leading solution.
We believe that we can make a difference in the climate and help others to deal with the effects of climate change
By making climate change fundamentally about people’s lives, their children’s health and their communities’ wellbeing, leading healthcare actors have engaged companies and entire health systems, and are starting to move the needle.
“We believe that we can make a difference in the climate and help others to deal with the effects of climate change,” Bernard J Tyson, chairman and CEO of the healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente, told attendees at the summit while announcing his company’s ambitious goal to become carbon-neutral by 2020. It’s a target Kaiser is already 30% on its way to achieving.
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