Reaching Climate Agreement Could Be ‘Most Important Public Health Intervention’

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Cohen: A Healing Climate in Paris
Gary Cohen, president and co-founder of Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth

“…[A]ddressing the climate crisis is the most important public health intervention we can make in our lifetime. … [I]f our leaders don’t act, all the global public health gains of the past century could be reversed. … The Paris deal is the world’s best chance to get off the deadly ‘business-as-usual’ track and protect vulnerable people in the U.S. and other nations. … An ounce of prevention here, in the form of a strong global climate treaty, can be worth a pound of cure later on. An ambitious agreement isn’t only the most cost-effective way to stop climate change — it’s also the smartest way to save lives during the remainder of the century” (12/17).