The Health Benefits of the Clean Power Plan: A Toolkit for Health Professionals

Jun 1, 2016 | All Categories, Reports

The objective of this toolkit is to highlight how climate change is currently affecting health and what prevention/preparedness actions we can take to help mitigate the negative health outcomes associated with it. Actions to reduce emissions of carbon pollution and other greenhouse gases that accelerate climate change will protect human health in both the short and long term. In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) required every state to reduce the output of carbon pollution (carbon dioxide) that results from the generation of electric power within the state by about 30% by 2030. States are required to develop their own plans and must have a mechanism to consider public input as part of the process (EPA, 2015). This Toolkit is a guide for clinicians and health professionals who wish to inform policy makers in their state about the adverse health implications of fossil fuels and the more healthful alternative—clean renewable power sources—and improved efficiency, which can reduce power production and extend its use. Download the Toolkit here.