Nurses Climate Challenge
The Nurses Climate Challenge is a global initiative delivered by Health Care Without Harm in partnership with the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments that aims to mobilize nurses to educate health professionals about the health impacts of climate change. As one of the most trusted professions worldwide, nurses are ideal advocates for increased climate action in the healthcare sector.
Climate change is already damaging human health and will have a greater impact in the future. Healthcare is at the forefront of this, bearing the cost of increased disease prevalence and more frequent extreme weather events. At the same time, the sector is also a significant contributor to climate change, its climate footprint representing 4.4% of global net emissions. The United States is the largest contributor to global healthcare emissions, while the European Union follows closely as the third-largest contributor.
The Nurses Climate Challenge US was launched in 2018. It aims to mobilize nurses to educate 50,000 health professionals about the impacts of climate change on human health by 2022. Offering an established and comprehensive list of resources tailored to the US and Canadian healthcare environments, the Nurses Climate Challenge US & Canada empowers nurses to educate their colleagues and community. Alongside these resources, the challenge also serves as a networking opportunity and a celebration of the nurse-led climate action.
The Nurses Climate Challenge Europe launched in 2021. It aims to support nurses who want to educate their colleagues and communities about the health impacts of climate change. We are building a comprehensive bank of resources that is tailored to the European health care sector, and will be available in multiple languages. Alongside these resources, the Challenge also serves as a networking opportunity and a celebration of nurse-led climate action.
If you're joining us from outside the US or Europe, please feel free to become a member on either site.