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Climate and Health

Climate change is a health emergency. The scientific evidence is unequivocal in confirming climate change to be a threat to human wellbeing and it is recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the greatest threat to health of the 21st century.

Public health professionals have a crucial role in leading and scaling up action to tackle this emergency, focussing attention on the health impacts of climate change and the co-benefits of improving health, as well as adaptation to prevent health harms.

The role of FPH

A key part of the Faculty’s Climate and Health strategy is to ensure that all public health professionals engage with climate and health and that they have the knowledge, skills and capability to work on mitigation and adaptation to the climate emergency and environmental breakdown.

Our aim to be a credible and respected voice on climate, environment and health impacts, inspiring the public health workforce to lead on strategies to protect the health and wellbeing of current and future generations. 

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The Faculty of Public Health’s advocacy and policy function is managed through a number of committees of Faculty members and the Climate and Health Committee is uniquely well placed to lead policy discussion and formulation in this area.

Committee Chair: Paul Johnstone

Committee Vice-Chair: Eleanor Roaf

To contact the committee, email

Sustainable Development Special Interest Group

The Sustainable Development Special Interest Group (SIG) has been established to drive forward strategic action to embed the principles of sustainable development into all FPH does and stands for, in order to create a healthy, equitable and sustainable future.

The SIG reports to FPH’s Climate and Health Committee. To get involved, please contact the co-chairs Anya Gopfert ( or Maria van Hove (

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Become a Member

FPH is the professional home for public health in the UK and abroad. We support over 5,000 members across all career stages enabling them to drive the profession forward and achieve our vision of improving public health.

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