of World Health Organization The World Health Organization (WHO) and nearly 200 other health organizations have called for an unprecedented global agreement to curb the spread of fossil fuels.
“The modern addiction to fossil fuels is not just an environmental disaster. It is suicidal from a health perspective,” said Dr. Theodore Adhanom Ghebreyesus, President of the World Health Organization.
Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, head of the World Health Organization’s climate change department, said the letter muddied the waters. “This is the first time the health sector has made such a clear statement about fossil fuels,” he told the Guardian. “The current death and disease burden of air pollution is comparable to that of tobacco use, and the long-term effects of fossil fuels on Earth’s climate are an existential threat to humanity — just like nuclear weapons.”
of Campaign He has received broad support from the Dalai Lama and 100 other Nobel laureates, the Vatican, several cities and island states, more than 1,000 health professionals and nearly 3,000 scientists and academics to end oil exploration and production.
The initiative aims to emulate the successes recorded. Agreement on the non-proliferation of nuclear weaponsIn the year Signed in 1968, it limited the spread of atomic weapons and technology to some extent.
More countries have signed that agreement More so than any other arms limitation convention, even though they don’t have nuclear powers like India, Israel, North Korea and Pakistan.
Ira Helfand, Nobel Peace Prize winner and co-president of Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, said: “The two most pressing issues of our time – the climate crisis and the risk of nuclear war – are deeply intertwined. The climate crisis is creating the threat of more global conflict and escalating nuclear war, and nuclear war will cause catastrophic and sudden climate disruption. The world must come together to counter these two existential threats.
In e-mailed comments supporting the new initiative, award-winning professor Noam Chomsky said: “Humanity has entered an abyss. An unimaginable disaster is inevitable when we reach it. We have a slim chance of saving ourselves and we are destroying countless other species with reckless abandon. There is time, but not much, to wean ourselves off fossil fuels. We seize the opportunity, or the human experiment will come to an end.
They say fossil fuels are dangerous now, in addition to posing an existential threat to future generations. More than 8 million will die prematurely In 2018, 18% of the total that year. Death, according to a study.
Most deaths are caused by air pollution, but the climate crisis is increasing the risk of heat-related illnesses, creating favorable conditions for the spread of food- and water-borne diseases and the spread of vector-borne diseases.
Extreme weather events such as droughts, floods and fires carry their own health risks, with fossil workers and communities close to plants facing a range of risks, from oil spills and pipe bursts to lung disease and cancer.
The new initiative says the clean energy transition must respect indigenous rights and be “for every worker, community and country”.
“We have a moral duty of care, and we cannot remain silent about the global health risks that fossil fuels represent,” said Ruth Ezell, co-chair of the International Pediatric Society’s Environmental Health Group. Our message to government leaders around the world is this: The health of every person alive today and the health of future generations depends on the rapid, equitable and complete phase-out of fossil fuels.