Health and Environment Are Intertwined

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Kaiser Permanente emphasizes its commitment to environmental health by sponsoring the Global Climate Action Summit and pledging to go carbon neutral.

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.”

Discussion4 Comments

  1. I applaud this action but how many of us–who could perform much or all of our work just as well remotely–are still heavily contributing to global climate change by driving gas-powered vehicles to work? And, sadly, even on ‘Spare the Air’ days.

  2. This is awesome to see. As the article mentioned, our health is directly linked to the state of our environment. I would love to find out how I can contribute to this goal. Thank you for a wonderful post.

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