Climate and Health Committee

Sustainability, climate change and biodiversity loss are the pre-eminent issues facing the world today. The planet has entered a climate and ecological emergency and the entire health sector, including public health, has a vital role to play in addressing the issues. There are many co-benefits to be gained in health by addressing climate change and the ecological emergency. The Faculty of Public Health is uniquely well placed to lead policy discussion and formulation in this area and the Climate & Health Committee provides the lead within the Faculty, linking with the Board, other Faculty committees, special interest groups and external bodies.

Climate and health strategy

In December 2021 the Faculty launched its climate and health strategy, setting out what the we plan to do in relation to change and sustainability. This strategy will be reviewed at the end of 2022. We have now produced an action plan (below) and are asking the Faculty membership to support us in the delivery of this ambitious plan. If you would like to get involved in the delivery of the strategy please email georgiaharris@fph.org.uk

Topic

Priorities

Membership

Organise events

Membership

Provide resources

Membership

Develop networks for peer learning

Membership

Recognise members’ contributions to the field

Workforce

Equip the workforce with skills and knowledge

Workforce

Embed climate change into job roles

Standards

Review the registrar curriculum and examinations

Standards

Ensure that C&H are core to CPD

Standards

Work with partners to share learning

Knowledge

Understand knowledge gaps in the workforce

Knowledge

Summarise latest evidence for members & champion research institutions output

Knowledge

Support members to gather new evidence

Advocacy

Collaborate and coordinate with partners, prioritising high impact actions

Advocacy

Develop a theory of change to inform advocacy and upskill members to advocate

Global

Strengthen collaboration with international members

Global

Ensure members have the skills to advocate, and support members to consider global issues, and highlight structural inequalities

Organisation

Aim to become net zero

Organisation

Support the staff sustainability group

Partnership

Develop new partnerships

Partnership

Strengthen existing partnerships

Committee aims and objectives
  • To lead FPH’s sustainability, climate change and ecological emergencies policies
  • To embed sustainability, and climate change and biodiversity in all FPH policy developments
  • To promote best practice in sustainability, climate change and biodiversity work across the Faculty and to and through its membership
  • To promote sustainability, climate change and biodiversity across the curriculum for specialist Trainees
  • To increase the Faculty’s profile in sustainability, climate change and biodiversity work
  • To advise on the Faculty’s ethical investment policy and the transition to carbon neutrality by 2030
Governance

The Climate & Health Committee seeks to support the FPH President, Officers, Board and staff in  advising on matters relating to existing FPH’s sustainability, climate change and biodiversity policies and practices, as well as proposing revisions, amendments and additions to these policies and practices.

The Climate & Health Committee provides guidance and support to the FPH Board and other committees to ensure sustainability, climate change and biodiversity is embedded in all aspects of the work being undertaken by the Faculty.

The Climate & Health Committee meets a minimum of three times a year for face-to-face meetings, with an opportunity for teleconferences between meetings to ensure the work programme is being delivered as per an agreed schedule. The committee reports to the Health Policy Committee.

Group membership

Membership consists of a Chair and stakeholders to include the following:

  • FPH Board representative
  • FPH Members and Fellows
  • Sustainable Development Special Interest Group (SIG) representative(s)
  • Specialty Registrars
  • External representatives
  • FPH staff representative(s)

Committee representation also incorporates members from the devolved nations of the UK and includes members with appropriate knowledge in sustainability and climate change policy. The Sustainable Development SIG works with the committee chair to agree the membership and terms of reference for the committee.

Scope

Following the launch of the climate and health strategy in December 2021, the Climate & Health Committee will develop a work plan for the Faculty and work with relevant FPH committees to implement these actions. The work of the Committee must comply with all FPH policies.

Partnerships

The Committee will work in partnership with other public health organisations. The intention will be to co-create work undertaken by the committee with members of the faculty, including SIGs and committees and with other partners, as appropriate.

Sustainable Development SIG

The Committee will build on the excellent work that has already been undertaken by the SD SIG. The SD SIG will act as an advisory group and sounding board for the Committee, as the SIG’s membership comprises those from the FPH interested in sustainability and climate change and with some co-optees. The Committee and SIG chairs will collaborate to co-ordinate the work of the network and the Committee to maximise their impact.

For more details on the Sustainable Development Special Interest Group, including CPD resources on sustainable development and climate change, click here.

Contact

Email address - georgiaharris@fph.org.uk

Chair - Sue Atkinson

 

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