The Lancet Planetary Health: The burden of knowledge (3)

12 June, 2024

Dear Felix

"Knowledge does not transform automatically into action."

Indeed, but knowledge is a necessary prerequisite.

"There is a simple rule: "Do what you preach."... I implement in daily life whatever is feasible for me, my family and neighbourhood towards better health of humans and the planet. It can mean consume less, produce less waste, use renewable energies, communicate in a non-violent way. There are so many possibilities to change the personal and immediate environment."

You do these things because you have knowledge and understanding.

As WHO states: 'Raising awareness and thereby understanding of the effects of climate change on health will facilitate both behavioural change and societal support for the actions needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions...'

It's important that everyone is informed about the health impacts of climate change, presented in a way that is meaningful for them.

HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of HIFA (Healthcare Information For All), a global health community that brings all stakeholders together around the shared goal of universal access to reliable healthcare information. HIFA has 20,000 members in 180 countries, interacting in four languages and representing all parts of the global evidence ecosystem. HIFA is administered by Global Healthcare Information Network, a UK-based nonprofit in official relations with the World Health Organization. Email: