IHCO joins the World Health Organisation, WHO, the Alliance for Health Promotion and the global health community in urging governments at the climate negotiations in Madrid’s COP25 to turn words into action and start implementing measures to incorporate health into the COP agenda, as foreseen by the Paris Agreement.
As a WHO report explains, while two-thirds of current Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement mention health, this has not resulted in the necessary level of implementation and support.
In addition, the value of health gains from reducing carbon emissions would be approximately double the cost of implementing these actions at the global level. Meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement could save about a million lives a year worldwide by 2050 through reductions in air pollution alone.
With 1 billion members, cooperatives are a significant global network that plays a crucial role in tackling climate change. As values-based enterprises, they are a key player in the collective global response to climate risks in a wide range of economic sectors.
There are numerous examples of renewable energy cooperatives; thousands of forestry and agricultural cooperatives using sustainable management practices to keep carbon in the ground; cooperative-owned hospitals with environmental policies and strict commitments to the sustainable management of medical waste; retail cooperatives providing local goods at affordable prices, minimising the need for commercial transportation; and many others examples in different sectors.