Climate change

Children are among the most vulnerable to the health risks of climate change. Through our Climate Change Working Group, which includes enthusiastic members and staff, we’re looking at what we can all do to help combat climate change for the future benefit of children and young people.
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There are so many ways to join us in tackling climate change and supporting the efforts of our climate change working group.

Don’t miss our current opportunities, including advocacy around air quality and joining Ride for Their Lives 2022.

Climate change action is now embedded as a priority in our 2021-24 College strategy and we have identified six ambitions to drive our activity.
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This dynamic group of members delivers the College’s climate change strategy over five workstreams.
To support members to become more environmentally sustainable and take action on climate change.

The impact of climate change on global child health - our position statement

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Our podcast on COP26 and beyond

In this episode, recorded in November 2021, we reflect on COP26 and what it meant for child health. We also discuss our new impact of climate change position statement, and offer advice to paediatricians on how to support this important issue.

Further news and blogs on climate change

President's blog

Improving the working lives of paediatricians - President's blog

Feeling valued and a sense of belonging is critical to good workplace culture, which is why our EDI work is so important. Camilla reflects on the collaboration and energy of our working group, alongside a range of College activity.

Our work on air quality

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Climate change can impact air quality and, conversely, air quality can impact climate change. Poor air quality has been linked to serious health conditions in children, such as cancer, asthma and cardiovascular diseases.

We are committed to leading the way to adopt ways of working and policies that support improvements in air quality. In January 2020, we published two major pieces of research and policy advocacy to highlight the threat of poor air quality to health outcomes for children.