Nurses Climate Challenge
To our nurse climate champions and allies: Thank you for your bravery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For resources about COVID-19, visit the ANHE resource center, the Practice Greenhealth COVID-19 resource center, and the Health Care Without Harm library on connections between the pandemic and the climate crisis.
The Nurses Climate Challenge is a national campaign to mobilize nurses to educate 50,000 health professionals on the impacts of climate change on human health.
Together with other Nurse Climate Champions from across the country, you have the power to launch a movement of health professionals committed to taking action to protect the health of their patients and communities from the worst impacts of climate change.
Join a movement to protect patients and communities from the health impacts of climate change
Climate change is already damaging human health and will have a greater impact in the future. These health effects include increased respiratory and cardiovascular disease, injuries and premature deaths related to extreme weather events, changes in the prevalence and geographical distribution of food- and water-borne illnesses and other infectious diseases, and threats to mental health.
Health care is at the frontline of climate change, bearing the costs of increased disease prevalence and more frequent extreme weather events. At the same time, the health sector is also a significant contributor to climate change, making up 10 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
If we take action now, we can help prevent the worst effects of climate change and simultaneously improve health outcomes. As the most trusted profession and making up 40 percent of the health care workforce, nurses have the potential to launch a movement of health professionals committed to climate solutions.