Kaiser Permanente served as the leading health care sponsor of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, Sept. 12-14. The summit was the first state-sponsored global conference to support the Paris Agreement. Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson delivered opening remarks on Sept. 13.
During the week, Kaiser Permanente also issued a press release announcing an electricity purchase agreement enabling the organization to become carbon neutral in 2020.
“Climate change is here. We are seeing the effects of it in devastating wildfires, hurricanes, and droughts already impacting people’s lives,” said Bernard J. Tyson. “At Kaiser Permanente, we understand that one of the most effective ways to protect the health of the more than 68 million people in the communities we serve is by ensuring healthy environmental conditions. By investing in renewable energy and becoming carbon neutral, Kaiser Permanente is helping to prevent climate-related illness for people worldwide.”
Learn more about the linkage between climate change and health in the short video above. Want to learn more? Watch the short video “The Crucial Connection: Climate Change and Health.”