Climate change

Children are among the most vulnerable to the health risks of climate change. See our position statement, action plan and resources produced with our working group of enthusiastic members and staff - and join us in tackling this issue.
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We want to share your case studies and local resources - so we can all help make paediatric practice greener.
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Stay up to date with news, events and ways to get involved on climate change by signing up to our new eBulletin.

You just need to complete our short form. We'll deliver the eBulletin to your inbox every other month.
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This dynamic group of members delivers the College’s climate change strategy over five workstreams.
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These can support members to become more environmentally sustainable and take action.
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Speak with your council about air pollution, share resources with colleauges or write about your experiences...
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Climate change action is embedded as a priority in our 2021-24 College strategy, and we have six ambitions to drive our activity.
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A podcast from the 'Climate Changers' group with RCPCH &Us, featuring interviews from the CCWG and young activists in Ghana!
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Read our environmental policy and about our journey on making the College a net zero organisation by 2040.
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Child health inequalities and climate change

In our position statement from September 2023, we look at the unequal exposure to the effects of climate change in the UK, including the capacity to adapt, food security and eco distress. Our toolkit supports paediatricians to take action locally, regionally and nationally. 

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

Latest news and articles on climate change

President's update

A major change in UK politics - President’s update

Steve reflects on the UK General Election and highlights key Labour party manifesto commitments relating to child health. He also congratulates Dr Hilary Cass on her peerage, and there are chances for you to get involved in two important College surveys.
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Doctors call for action on air pollution

Doctors are marking Clean Air Day today (20 June) by calling on the Scottish Government to act to reduce preventable ill health, caused by air pollution in Scotland.

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.