This year’s World Humanitarian Day (19 August 2021) is devoted to dealing with the climate crisis, the single biggest health threat facing humanity. This day is a crucial milestone in the lead up to the COP26 summit in November when leaders from 196 countries will meet to agree action to get climate change under control.
As the world witnesses record-breaking heatwaves, catastrophic storms, and changing weather patterns – it is fitting that the theme of World Humanitarian Day should be the climate crisis.
Climate change is a health emergency, impacting food systems, disease dispersion, health systems, and societies at large. There is no vaccine for climate change. But we do have solutions. We must maximize the health benefits of tackling the climate crisis while avoiding its worst health impacts and promote climate-resilient health systems everywhere as we Build Back Better from the COVID-19 pandemic.