The U.S. health care sector’s growing commitment and progress toward creating low-carbon, climate-resilient, socially equitable health systems took center stage at this week’s CleanMed, the premier conference for leaders in health care sustainability.

This commitment to climate action is being championed by the Biden administration, with an emphasis and urgency not seen before.

“The time for discussion and deliberation has long since passed, and action is needed now to protect the people of this country and the world from the health threats associated with climate change,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services assistant secretary for health Admiral Rachel Levine said in her remarks to conference attendees. “Report after report underscores the seriousness of the situation and confirms that harm from climate change is not a mere possibility in the future, but a day-to-day reality. We need to act collaboratively and urgently in response. History will look back at this moment and judge us for the actions that we take, or that we do not take.” . . .

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