those directly from health care facilities, 17%
indirect emissions from heating/cooling, power purchases, 12%
Climate change and health
% GDP on health care
Health care footprint (tCO2e/capita)
Health care % of national footprint
Lead on environmental sustainability by drawing it into focus at all levels, including by requiring consideration of an environmental sustainability impact statement in decision-making processes
Educate themselves and their colleagues about the importance of environmental sustainability, and how practices and processes in their workplaces might become more sustainable
Understand the synergy between improving healthcare environmental sustainability and improved healthcare effectiveness, efficiency, and financial sustainability
Actively participate in environmentally sustainable practices in their workplaces and encourage behavioural change .
SDG 12, responsible consumption and production, how podiatrists can reduce emissions
Telehealth, which kept me connected with patients during pandemic lock downs. Many GPs have continued telehealth permanently .
Sustainable footwear is increasingly sought by consumers. Green footwear is a relatively new, rapidly evolving, and exciting area for podiatrists as patients demand more sustainable products. A summary list of Green footwear is available .
Communicate and advocate for ‘big picture health’. Podiatrists are in a great position to educate, and empower people to attain recommended physical activity levels .
WHO have physical activity guidelines for all ages .
Parkrun is accessible, flexible (ie walk/ walk-run/ run) and builds all-age physical activity communities, encouraging people to move more. Time is green space is good for total health, and increasingly relevant as populations continue to urbanise.
e-comms, e-records (data security!), reusable shopping bags, buy local, less packaging, turn off lights, adjust temperature settings re heat/cooling
LED lighting, avoid packaging as much as possible, and set up recycling eg paper /plastics/ foils; use e-waste and recycling depots
Public transport/walk/ride a bicycle as possible (even 1–2 days/week to work – with a friend/colleague?), switch to renewable energy (add solar panels – work/home), car share commutes
Limit air travel, esp. long haul overseas
Plan for an e-car
Purchase power (eg buy local)
Contact your MP, think about your vote
Did the CoV2 SARS pandemic mitigate climate change?
The way ahead
All of your electricity comes from wind, solar, and nuclear.
Power plants are essentially gigantic batteries, slurping up renewable energy and storing it politely, emitting nary a belch of greenhouse gas.
Your car is now electric. Charging your EV will take as long as filling your petrol car, and charging stations will have great coffee!
Fewer extreme storms, wildfires, and droughts from eliminating fossil fuels.
Less pollution also means fewer asthma attacks, strokes, and heart attacks.