They called on COP26 to take appropriate and necessary measures aimed at limiting global warming to 1.5°C and avoiding “imminent health disasters.”
Madrid (European News). During the 26th World Climate Conference, (COP26) in Glasgow (Scotland (UK), the Spanish Academy of Pediatrics and Spanish Society of Family Medicine and Comunitaria warned that for a healthy future, they are “already in the red state”. They urge the government take action.
Specifically, they collectively called on the Spanish leaders and world representatives gathered at this forum to take appropriate and necessary measures to limit global warming to 1.5°C, avoid “imminent health disasters”, and improve human health. Integrating with equity should be the guiding principle of all policies and actions to adapt and mitigate climate change.
Both scientific societies signed the “Healthy Climate Charter”, which represents the position of global health communities promoted by the World Health Organization and the Global Climate and Health Alliance. To the heads and delegations from countries participating in COP26.
“All the data processed and analyzed by scientists and doctors concerns us very deeply. The climate crisis has thrown us into a more severe, lasting and grave crisis than that caused covid-19”, warned Juan Antonio O Juan Antonio Ortega, Coordinator Pediatrician for the AEP Environmental Sanitation committee.
“We must work hard so that our country does not reach 1.5º, because for every tenth increase, people’s health will suffer a lot,” Ortega declared, adding that “this is a very important moment. “.
SemFYC’s Planetary Health Working Group (40,000 Spaniards) and AEP’s Environmental Health Committee highlighted that air pollution caused 6.8 millions deaths each year. Non-optimal temperatures also contributed to 2 million deaths. Pollution related to drinking water led to 1.66 million deaths. Extreme weather and limited resources are risk factors in depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety.
Ortega explained that one-third of all deaths from PM2.5 are directly related to human activity. . Ortega stated, “We are talking approximately 1.1 million people every year on the planet, which is why it is necessary to issue a strong cry for “re-naturalization”, reconnecting with nature, and establishing a new contract to help develop new health models. In which doctors Will hold a privileged place,”
Additionally, he reminded that environmental pollution has a direct impact on the health and well-being of children. Dr. Ortega stressed that children are especially vulnerable to ecosystem pollution and climate change. According to the World Health Organization, while children under five are only 8.5%, 36% of the disease burden can be attributed to the environment. Children under five years old are responsible for 88% of all the climate-related morbidity or mortality.
Experts are determined to promote prevention through a community and environmental approach. “40% of the autonomous region’s health budget is for sanitation, 70% of which is for chronic diseases. But, 70% of adults with chronic diseases (cardiovascular and respiratory system, nerve system, and kidney, among others) occur in the first 20 years of life. Ortega stressed that this can be avoided and announced that he would meet soon with the Ministry of Ecological Transformation and Population Challenges.
AEP and semFYC need a portion of the European “next-generation” fund to support and build new structures, new capabilities and environmental health models in order to respond to climate emergencies.
The following highlights are among them: Create at least one unit for pediatric environmental sanitation in every Spanish autonomous region; create a network to support the training and education professionals in environmental sanitation; promote the “greener image” of the health sector and give priority pregnancy and children. Adolescents, chronically ill, and adolescents adapt to the climate, making them vulnerable to climate-affected actions and programs.
Another goal that they set is to achieve carbon neutrality in the health system by 2035. This includes not only facilities but all health plans as well. It is an indicator of chronic disease control and integration of natural services into health services.
Family doctors and pediatricians play a vital role in protecting our health. Salvador Tranchi of semFYC, chair, stated that it was important to understand the link between climate changes and their health impacts. “We declared these two organizations as a global emergency in climate change. “This statement demonstrates that we acknowledge the threats climate change poses to global public health,” he stated.
However, in order to incorporate all these changes, Tranche emphasized the need to change Spain’s current primary care (PC) model, which is currently in a serious situation, as demonstrated by semFYC at a press conference this Wednesday after signing the declaration. This profession is also supported by 50 other organizations.
“The situation has become too dangerous and we have to make changes. This is not a choice. The previous model of care was ineffective because it did not have the resources. It is now the time to make investments, but it also represents a crucial moment for organizational change. Tranche stated, “If there is no organizational change, you will not invest.”
Therefore, it announced that in addition to economic investment and the restoration of the Palestinian Authority’s prestige, it also included the concept of “community” in the transition proposal.