An increasing number of investments and policies are being identified that have the potential to improve public health while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping communities adapt to climate impacts. Such policies are appealing because of their potential to produce win-wins that improve health and climate with a single budget and align constituencies that might not otherwise see their common interests.
The Health Climate Intersections (HCI) project
Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Climate Interactive is documenting and analyzing these bright spots from around the world and will be publishing a research document sharing our findings on the opportunities, tools, and support that helped create them, as well as the barriers to implementation. We aim to encourage more leaders to approach policy in ways that better align budgets and constituencies for health and climate co-benefits in terms of design, leadership, financing, and connecting with all people.
To understand how leaders are connecting the dots between climate and health, we are asking three questions:
- What is the context of these case studies?
- How did the actors collaborate across the health and climate sectors?
- What was the most important change achieved?
The main audience for this project will be:
- Community, business, health, and philanthropy leaders across the US, to encourage and inspire health investment decisions to be undertaken with a climate lens
- Community leaders (especially grassroots and environmental justice leaders) who are instinctively multisolving in order to reinforce their intuition and give them additional credibility
- Those influencing the investment of climate mitigation and adaptation funds, to encourage and inspire energy and climate decisions to be made with a health lens
The final research document will be shared on our website at the end of 2017, but examples of the case studies we are analyzing include Warm Up New Zealand, Healthy Streets for London, the Bologna Local Urban Environmental Adaptation Plan (BLUE AP) project, and Ciclovias of Bogota.
Do you know of interesting case studies in your community or country? Feel free to share with us at email@example.com.