Leading on Climate Change: How Healthcare Leaders Stop Global Warming
“The Climate crisis is a health crisis, and the looming climate disaster will also be the worst health catastrophe of all time. Every person who works in health care – doctors, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, parking valets, support staff, executives and more – should be engaged in efforts to stop this crisis.“
Neal C. Hogan, PhD
Particulate emissions kill 8 million people each year, and the impact of climate change will increase morbidity and mortality due to drought, storms, floods, fires, and famine. Healthcare is responsible for 10% of US emissions. Healthcare leaders need to act now. Leading on Climate Change shows healthcare leaders how they can drive a communitywide transition to net zero emissions. They begin by working with hospitals and health systems to lower their own emissions, and then by leading their local communities in the journey to sustainability. Neal C. Hogan, PhD, makes it clear that health systems have both a mission and a business imperative to achieve net zero emissions. He shows examples of how other industries are taking climate action, provides a detailed roadmap for health systems to achieve net zero emissions, and offers a strategy for reducing emissions across the community.
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