As the climate crisis continues to accelerate Global Green and Healthy Hospitals is organizing the 2020 Healthcare Climate Challenge to mobilize health care around the world to protect public health from climate change.
The Challenge is based on three pillars:
- Mitigation – Reducing health care’s own carbon footprint.
- Resilience – Preparing for the impacts of extreme weather and the shifting burden of disease.
- Leadership – Educating staff and the public while promoting policies to protect public health from climate change.
The Challenge was launched in 2015 in a rolling series of events around the world, culminating in Paris at COP21, the UN Climate Conference, where leading health systems were recognized with awards. In 2016 thousands more hospitals and health systems are expected to participate in the 2020 Challenge.
The 2020 Challenge currently has 80 participants, representing more than 9000 hospitals and health centers in 23 countries.
Each participant will:
- Sign a pledge to reduce their carbon footprint, become more climate resilient and exert leadership for a healthy climate.
- Establish carbon reduction targets for the year 2020 (or enter existing targets if they are already established).
- Share data on progress over time.
- Compete for Health Care Climate Awards, which will recognize leaders globally, by region, and for each of the three pillars.
- Receive an automatic membership in GGHH, and with it, access to tools and resources, including our online collaboration platform, GGHH Connect.