. . .While there are many important ways for health care leaders and institutions to get involved, I will highlight three. First off, it is important for the health care sector to amplify the message that climate action is a prescription for improving health, preventing harm, and addressing inequities. We need to ensure that health and equity are placed as the central drivers for climate action. Secondly, unprecedented challenges mandate unprecedented collaboration. The impacts of climate change, just like the pandemic, don’t affect just one health system in isolation. Institutions need to work together, and silos have to be broken down. Third, there is an immense urgency to act boldly on all levers of action. This includes adapting clinical practice to improve patient outcomes and strengthening health care system resiliency. It also means reducing health care’s own contribution to the problem through charting a course that reduces its own greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. . .
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