Call for emergency action to limit global temperature increases, restore biodiversity, and protect health

8 September, 2021

This Comment appears in health journals across the world in a remarkable demonstration of cooperation and collaboration. The authors include Lancet and BMJ editors Richard Horton and Fiona Godlee.

CITATION: Call for emergency action to limit global temperature increases, restore biodiversity, and protect health

Lukoye Atwoliet al. Lancet Global Health

Open Access Published: September 04, 2021 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(21)00398-3

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The UN General Assembly in September, 2021, will bring countries together at a critical time for marshalling collective action to tackle the global environmental crisis...

Health is already being harmed by global temperature increases and the destruction of the natural world, a state of affairs health professionals have been bringing attention to for decades. The science is unequivocal...

Reflecting the severity of the moment, this Comment appears in health journals across the world. We are united in recognising that only fundamental and equitable changes to societies will reverse our current trajectory...

The greatest threat to global public health is the continued failure of world leaders to keep the global temperature rise below 1·5°C and to restore nature. Urgent, society-wide changes must be made and will lead to a fairer and healthier world. We, as editors of health journals, call for governments and other leaders to act, marking 2021 as the year that the world finally changes course.

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator, neil@hifa.org www.hifa.org