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CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECTS HEALTH CARE -RETHINKING ABOUT HEALTHY ENERGY FOR SUSTAINABILITY

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  • University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Medicine, Novi Sad, Serbia
  • Health and Environment Alliance, Brussels, Belgium

Abstract

Climate change is the biggest global challenge of the 21st century for decision-makers in most diverse countries. There is already a wide range of increasing health problems all over the world. Rethinking healthcare due to climate change malady is a big public health challenge and process. In order to protect local and global health from climate change and its sources, it is needed to move toward an economy based on clean, renewable, healthy energy. Health care providers, hospitals and health systems, decision makers should play a leadership role in this transition (EU hospitals are roughly responsible for 5% of the CO2 emission annually). In our mission to preserve health, we health professionals, should work together towards reducing our own climate footprint, better preparedness for climate health impacts, and leading the way to low-carbon future. By raising our voice for healthy energy combating climate change and make activities moving toward low carbon health systems, we can mitigate our own climate impact, make savings and lead by example. Lessons from ULB about the importance of education for environmentally friendly health care and facilities, and HEAL’s experiences in activities for healthy energy could be useful for decision making process in Serbia Key words: Climate change, healthy energy, healthcare, health professionals, sustainability
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... It is especially significant to consider the potential influence of climate change on the organization of the health care itself, the work of individual branches of clinical medicine, and also on planning aspects related to the provision of health care. More equipment and consumables, better preparedness, smart organization, and efforts to increase the future resiliency of the health sector are necessary steps in dealing with climate change [23,24]. ...
... It is necessary to rethink priorities and needs at individual and professional levels within the health sector. The patients' safety and care must remain the main goal, but we must also include advocacy of environmental health, sustainable healthcare, and high standards in energy efficiency [23]. ...
... Health professionals can take a leadership role in addressing climate change and increasing health literacy related to climate change. Within their curricula for all health professionals, medical schools should include topics related to environmental health, climate change and climate change mitigation [23]. ...
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