HealthcarePapers 19(3) October 2020 : 41-46.doi:10.12927/hcpap.2020.26374

Making Practical Progress on Climate Change in Healthcare: Seizing Opportunities

Kathleen Morris


Climate change concerns have gained traction with many Canadians and impacted their individual choices. However, as a country, we have repeatedly failed to meet international emission-reduction targets. Setting an ambitious goal of net zero in healthcare may continue the discouraging pattern of missing the mark. This commentary proposes a new approach – identifying practical solutions and measuring their beneficial impact for both health and the environment. A few options are suggested, some likely to benefit from near-term government investments. Making tangible progress where opportunities present themselves will create positive health and environmental benefits and a solid foundation for future achievements.



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