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What’s good for the climate is good for health


December 03, 2009, Press Dispensary. The Royal Society for Public Health ( has launched a new one day course explaining how climate change affects health and giving practical advice on how to reduce carbon emissions in the workplace and wider community.

There is no doubt that climate change is a major threat to health in the UK and around the world. This course gives an overview of the health impacts of climate change, showing the link between health and the natural environment. It outlines the health benefits of action on climate change and encourages debate on the development of a low carbon society as the next great health advance.

Professor Richard Parish, Chief Executive of RSPH comments: "Health practitioners with an interest in making a difference have a unique opportunity to influence national and international policy, and to lead by example. Policies which reduce carbon emissions can also lead to reductions in health inequalities, heart disease, cancer and other major health problems."

Jenny Griffiths OBE, the course leader, adds "Climate change is a huge challenge and planning a healthy, sustainable, low carbon community can seem a daunting task. This one day course shows how you personally can make a real difference and how you can help others change their behaviour."

Participants in the first course, taking place on February 2nd 2010, will receive a free copy of the book, The Health Practitioner’s Guide to Climate Change, published in September 2009, and described by the President of the Royal College of Physicians as a “wake-up call for all health professionals”.

To find out more about this course, and other programmes offered by RSPH, visit or speak to Nicolette Smith on 020 3177 1625.

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Notes for editors
• The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is an independent, multi-disciplinary organisation, dedicated to the promotion and protection of collective human health and wellbeing. Through advocacy, mediation, empowerment, knowledge and practice we advise on policy development, provide education and training services, encourage scientific research, disseminate information and certify products, training centres and processes.
• Jenny Griffiths OBE is a public health consultant with RSPH, lead editor of The Health Practitioner’s Guide to Climate Change, and co-author of the Faculty of Public Health’s Sustaining a Healthy Future: Taking Action on Climate Change
• The RSPH enjoys patronage of Her Majesty the Queen
• The RSPH is a registered charity
• The RSPH is the oldest public health body in the world, with over 150 years experience in protecting and promoting public health.

For further information, please contact:
Nicolette Smith, Royal Society for Public Health
Tel: 020 3177 1625

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Tel: 020 3177 1625

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