Public health leaders call for rapid coal phase-out

The 14th World Congress on Public Health on February 15, 2015 in Kolkata, India with delegates gathered from over 100 countries around the globe call upon health care providers, government leaders, and all representatives of Civil Society to take urgent action to mitigate environmental conditions that are contributing to the deaths and diseases of millions of inhabitants of our small planet.

At the close of their international conference in Kolkata, as part of a broad “Call to Action for Public Health”, the world’s public health associations advocated “a rapid phase-out of coal” to limit further global warming and prevent illnesses and deaths associated with air pollution.
 
The statement is one of the strongest yet to emerge from the global public health community on action to limit fossil fuel use, calling for a rapid phase out of coal for electricity production, divestment from fossil fuels and a transition to renewable energy as an “investment in global health and healthy communities”.

Read the full Call to Action here