Climate change is harming the health of Americans—and people worldwide—yet our research found that most Americans are unaware of these health harms. Through our program on climate and health we collaborate with other organizations to increase awareness of the health harms associated with climate change, air pollution and fossil fuel use, and raise awareness of the health benefits of climate and clean energy solutions.
In partnership with leading American medical societies, we organized and coordinate the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health. Currently composed of 22 medical societies 28 affiliate organizations, the Consortium works to inform the public and policymakers about the harmful health effects of climate change on Americans, and the immediate and long-term health benefits associated with decreasing greenhouse gas emissions (i.e., heat-trapping pollution) and other preventive and protective measures.
Recognizing that the health impacts of climate change disproportionately impact our most vulnerable populations, the Health and Climate Solutions team is partnering with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to advance health equity through climate solutions. While RWJF is helping to build a Culture of Health, climate change presents threats to any vision of a healthy future. To mitigate threats and build on the opportunities, grants will be awarded to communities in 2019. The Call for Proposals closed on February 8th, 2018.