The climate emergency is a health emergency, says BMA

by BMA media team

Press release from the BMA. 

Location: UK
Published: Thursday 10 September 2020
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Responding to the Climate Assembly UK report1 on how the UK can reach its legally binding target of net zero emissions by 2050, BMA representative body chair Dr Helena McKeown said:

“The climate emergency is a health emergency - forging a path to net-zero has never been more important. This comprehensive report by the Climate Assembly UK is an important road map that the Government must acknowledge and shows the true scale of change that is required, across all aspects of our life, to reach this important goal.

“With the pandemic this year, we have seen the devastating impact of a global health emergency. If we do not take bold and decisive action immediately to work towards net-zero the impact of climate change in the near future will wreak havoc on the planet taking an immeasurable toll on the health of people across the globe.

“The BMA agrees with the public that any progress made should not disproportionately affect the least well off in society and exacerbate existing health inequalities - we need a considered approach that works for all.

“The Government must take heed of this report, take action and commit to achieving net-zero as soon as possible – the health and quality of life of the next generation and those to come depends on it.”

Notes to editors

The BMA is a trade union and professional association representing and negotiating on behalf of all doctors in the UK. A leading voice advocating for outstanding health care and a healthy population. An association providing members with excellent individual services and support throughout their lives.

  1. Climate Assembly report – Path to net-zero.