Call for emergency action to limit global temperature increases, restore biodiversity, and protect health

On Monday 6th September, health journals across the world simultaneously published an editorial calling for world leaders to take emergency action to limit climate change, restore biodiversity, and protect health.

The editorial is published in over 200 leading journals, an unprecedented intervention. It has been coordinated by the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change.

The editorial is released in advance of the UN General Assembly in September 2021. BJBMS is one of the journals which joined this initiative and published the editorial.

Governments must undertake emergency action to transform societies and economies in order to rapidly reduce global emissions and restore nature. Such a transformation would realise vast positive health benefits.

Sufficient global emergency action can only be achieved if high-income countries do far more to support the rest of the world and to reduce their own consumption.

Action on the climate and nature crisis cannot wait for the pandemic to end. The climate and nature crisis is the greatest threat to global public health.

Reference:

Atwoli L, H. Baqui A, Benfield T, Bosurgi R, Godlee F, Hancocks S, Horton R, Laurie Laybourn-Langton L, Monteiro CA, Norman I, Patrick K, Praities N, Olde Rikkert M, Rubin EJ, Sahni P, Smith R, J Talley N, Turale S, Vázquez D. Call for emergency action to limit global temperature increases, restore biodiversity, and protect health. Bosn J of Basic Med Sci [Internet]. 2021Sep.6 [cited 2021Sep.6];. Available from: https://www.bjbms.org/ojs/index.php/bjbms/article/view/6411

Call for emergency action to limit global temperature increases, restore biodiversity, and protect health | Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences (bjbms.org)

 

Editor: Edna Skopljak, MD

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