Dr. Courtney Howard, MD


The Paris agreement: charting a low-emissions path for a child born today

Framing climate change in terms of health has been shown to generate hopeful emotions, and nurses and doctors are some of society’s most trusted messengers. Integrating health into the dialogue may be the best way to create a narrative that unifies populations around a shared desire for a healthy response to climate change.

For today’s children to thrive, reduction commitments for greenhouse gas emission must be ambitious enough to set a course to keep the global temperature rise to 1·5°C–2·0°C,4 in line with the Paris Agreement goals,3 and the policies to achieve these targets must have health and equity considerations woven throughout.

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