Climate change - resources for child health professionals

To support our members in being more environmentally sustainable, our Climate Change Working Group (CCWG) has collated resources around climate change and health.
Last modified
21 September 2021

Disclaimer: CCWG members have identified these organisations and resources. Sharing these examples does not equate to formal RCPCH endorsement.

Sustainable quality improvement

Carbon footprinting and triple bottom line analysis - With these techniques, the Centre of Sustainable Healthcare can help your organisation to be better prepared to fulfil its goals, to become more efficient and cost effective, to show positive impact and increase its reputation. 

Replacing polystyrene cups with a sustainable alternative - This eco-QIP has removed all polystyrene cups from the neonatal unit at John Radcliffe Hospital, supported with the simultaneous introduction of a reusable and sustainable alternative with all proceeds benefiting a local neonatal charity.

Sustainability in Quality Improvement - SusQi offers a practical way to drive incremental change towards a more ethical and sustainable health system.

Why it is time for 'doughnut economics' - TED talk - Kate Raworth is an economist focused on the rewriting of economics to make it fit for addressing this century’s realities and challenges, including climate change:

Education and training

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare - This organisation offers strategic input and consultancy on sustainable healthcare research and practice to national and local programmes, and provides lots of useful information, advice, resources and courses.

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare ‘SusQI’ Workshops - Introducing 'Teaching Sustainable Quality Improvement' - the new Centre for Sustainable Healthcare course starting July 2021.

Climate change is affecting our health. Is there a cure? - TED talk - Public health is being impacted by climate change via many pathways - from alterations in infectious disease transmission to water-source compromise, malnutrition, air pollution, and other factors. This talk includes recent analyses that show how mitigating global warming provides extensive health opportunities, as well as major savings in healthcare costs:

Environmentally Sustainable Healthcare e-learning programme - Health Education England e-learning for healthcare (HEE elfh) partnered with the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare to develop e-learning resources designed to support the healthcare workforce with knowledge and skills in delivering healthcare for financial, social and environmental sustainability.

Royal Society of Medicine Climate Change Series - The Royal Society of Medicine launched a new 10-part series focusing on climate change. Each episode positions health and well-being at the centre of the climate change debate. The series considers the wide-ranging effects on health and wellbeing, with episodes focusing on the heart, the skin, the lungs, the digestive system and much more.

The Lancet Countdown - The Lancet Countdown works to ensure that health is at the centre of how governments understand and respond to climate change. Our work ranges from ensuring policymakers have access to high-quality evidence-based guidance, through to providing the health profession with the tools they need to improve public health.

The Health Effects of Climate Change - An EdX course on how global warming impacts human health, and the ways we can diminish those impacts.

The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it - TED talk - How do you talk to someone who doesn't believe in climate change? Not by rehashing the same data and facts we've been discussing for years, says climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe. Hayhoe shows how the key to having a real discussion is to connect over shared values like family, community and religion - and to prompt people to realise that they already care about a changing climate.


Friends of the Earth - UK's largest grassroots environmental campaigning organisation

Greenpeace - A movement of people who are passionate about defending the natural world from destruction. Our vision is a greener, healthier and more peaceful planet, one that can sustain life for generations to come. 

Health Declares - This is a group of health professionals from across the UK. We recognise that the climate and ecological crises are health emergencies requiring urgent action, and we are committed to acting and advocating to protect planetary and human health.

Health for a Green New Deal - Support MedAct in building a grassroots-powered health movement for a just and green society, one that prioritises the health of people and planet over profit.

ISSOP Declaration on Climate Change - International Society for Social Pediatrics and Child Health, ISSOP, are a group of health professionals interested in sharing our experiences and knowledge in the field of social pediatrics and child health

Sea Shephard UK - A registered marine conservation charity whose primary mission is to end the destruction of habitats and illegal killing of wildlife around the UK's coastline and across the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect marine ecosystems and species.

UK Health Alliance on Climate Change - The UKHACC brings together doctors, nurses and other health professionals to advocate for responses to climate change that protect and promote public health.

Organisational change

Global Green and Healthy Hospitals - This brings together hospitals, health systems, and health organizations from around the world under the shared goal of reducing the environmental footprint of the health sector and contributing to improved public and environmental health.

Green Health Wales - A network for sustainable health care in Wales

Green Ward Competition - This is an award-winning, tried & tested leadership and engagement programme to transform healthcare by cutting carbon, improving patient care & staff experience and saving money. 

Health Care Without Harm - A non-profit network of health care providers (including doctors, nursing staff)  who's mission is to transform the European healthcare sector so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability, and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.

Influencing local health organisations - Health Declares offers a guide to declaring a climate emergency in the health sector

UKHACC Carbon Literacy Guide - To become ‘Carbon Literate’ you need an awareness of how everyday activities have costs and impacts in terms of the carbon dioxide (and other greenhouse gases) emitted, and you need the knowledge to reduce these emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis.

Resources for children and young people

Stand for Nature Wales - The six Wildlife Trusts in Wales have come together to tackle climate change with the help of the young people of Wales. For the next three years, they will work to empower and inspire young people to take action for nature and wildlife in their local area in a bid to tackle climate change.

UK Youth Climate Coalition - UKYCC's mission is to mobilise and empower young people to take positive action for global climate justice. 

WWF Footprint Calculator  - For everyone and anyone to use to calculate their carbon footprint at home.

Resources for families

A Life on Planet Earth  - In this documentary on Netflix, Sir David Attenborough explains how you can play an important role in building a better future.

Make a declaration - Complete an individual declaration at Health Declares