Useful links relating to COP26, climate change and health

The Faculty has long been active on issues of climate and health and obtained observer status at COP26. Throughout COP26, Faculty members have been posting blogs where they have been sharing their reflections of the event. You can read these here.

FPH has submitted a health-focused statement to the UNFCC secretariat to represent the health voice, working with other health observer organisations at COP who endorsed/ were signatories to the statement.

The Faculty of Public Health declared a climate emergency in November 2019.

Members' briefing

On 27 October 2021 FPH held a members' briefing for COP26. The slide-pack is available for download here.

What is Public Health's Role in tackling the Climate Emergency? (Report of webinar)

In September our Climate and Health Committee and our Sustainable Development SIG held their event 'What is Public Health's Role in tackling the Climate Emergency?'.

A report of the event can be accessed here. It reflects on the diverse range of public health expertise that our members contributed to the event, with discussions held on a broad base of climate-related topics.

FPH reaction to the 2021 Spending Review

In FPH's reaction to the 2021 Spending Review we expressed our concerns of the lack of green financing and the apparent inconsistency in the spending review by halving air passenger duty for domestic flights and the freezing of fuel duties just as COP26 got underway in Glasgow.

Read the Faculty's representation to the Comprehensive Spending Review here.

FPH statement on the Leaders Summit on Climate: Health and equity must be at the heart of the UK's climate policy

In April 2021, the Faculty called on government to ensure that health and equity are at the heart of the UK's climate policy.

Read the statement here.

Useful resources:

FPH resources

Overview of climate change negotiations and self-paced learning (good for CPD)

General information regarding COP26

UK COP26 goals

Various programmes at COP26

Green zone programme

The Global Climate & Health Alliance resources

World Health Organization report - the health argument for Climate Change

World Health Organization #HealthyClimate prescription letter and delivery (cycling links)

The Global Climate & Health Alliance Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Scorecard

Lancet Countdown Report

The Guardian

  • 'Counter climate summit kicks off as activists lament COP26 inaction', Nina Lakhani (Article)

Health Policy Watch

  • 'Children's health hit hardest by climate change - but cleaner air, greener cities and healthier foods can create cascade of benefits', Elaine Ruth Fletcher (Article)

Thomson Reuters Foundation News

  • 'Stronger climate action urged at COP26 to avoid 'unimaginable' health risks', Laurie Goering (Article)

People's Health Hearing (Sunday 7 November 2021)

Specific events of 'health' interest

Additional resources

  • ‘Zero Hour’ campaign group presented the Climate & Ecological Emergency Bill at Downing street. The campaign, which UKHACC has endorsed, is calling for three outcomes from COP26 - a joint emergency strategy for climate & nature, a commitment to the carbon budget for 1.5 oC and for The UK to be 'nature positive' by 2030. For more information read UKHACC Director Elaine Mulcahy’s latest blog
  • In a UK policy briefing published alongside the global report, UKHACC, RCOG and RCPCH identify three areas for urgent government action to mitigate and adapt to climate change and to protect health for all, and specifically maternal and child health. These are: Air pollution limits, heatwave planning, and an end to all government subsidies for fossil fuels