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.
- 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
The Climate and 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 and 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 and 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 Advocacy and Policy Committee.
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.
FPH's sign-off process for consultation responses and endorsement requests
Committee Chair: Paul Johnstone
Committee Vice-Chair: Eleanor Roaf