The International Cooperative Alliance recently announced that the theme of the International Day of Cooperatives 2020 is «Cooperatives for Climate Action». ICA invites the global cooperative movement to continue pushing for actions that will address climate change, a critical situation which is putting lives and livelihoods at risk.
On July 4, 2020, the global cooperative community will raise awareness of the importance of addressing climate change. No country is immune from it, greenhouse gas emissions are more than 50 per cent higher than it was in 1990, and global warming is causing long-lasting changes to our climate system which threatens irreversible consequences. Cooperatives worldwide can take this opportunity to show leadership and share their cooperative values in combating this global issue.
“Our common home is in danger. There are methods of production and consumption that are constantly attacking the environment. We don’t have much time to reverse this situation. We must act now, with our values and principles, to demonstrate on a global scale that it is possible to develop an economy with social inclusion and protection of natural resources,” said ICA President Ariel Guarco.
Climate change is taking its toll on our health as well. Extreme heat events, natural disasters, altered rainfall patterns and the spread of climate-sensitive diseases are some of the ways by which the climate crisis can affect our health and wellbeing. The World Health Organisation estimated there would be 250,000 additional deaths per year by 2030 from 4 climate-sensitive health outcomes: malaria, malnutrition, diarrhoea and heat stress.
Health cooperatives are part of the global response against the health effects of climate change. Their contribution is instrumental in enhancing the capacity of health systems to protect and improve population health in an unstable and changing climate.