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Public Health Law & Policy (PHLP) has embarked upon the ambitious task of providing the public health community with the practical tools, policy strategies, and legal resources it needs to effectively participate in climate change planning activities taking place at the state, regional, and local levels. To accomplish this, PHLP is working in cooperation with a coalition of stakeholders, including experts in public health, land use planning, climate science, and environmental law.
As a first step in developing a comprehensive public health approach to climate change, PHLP gathered a diverse group of more than 150 participants together on October 20, 2008, for a multi-disciplinary exchange of ideas and strategies. The objective of the gathering was to explore ways of better engaging public health networks and agencies in climate change work.
Four opportunities for immediate action emerged:
• Communicate the public health message;
• Begin work on climate change now;
• Advocate for and protect vulnerable populations; and
• Develop infrastructure to support the work.
A consistent theme running throughout this plan is the importance of pursuing strategies that result in “co-benefits”: outcomes that both improve health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Public Health Law & Policy offers this plan as the starting place from which a robust set of health-based climate change strategies can evolve. In the meanwhile, we hope this plan and recommended next steps will inspire and mobilize the public health community and its partners to participate in the critically important processes of climate change planning and policy making.
Climate Change Toolkit
By Linda Tindall
A valuable overview
By Richard Hicks
Explains why Public Health involvement is important, suggests specific areas where departments can become involved, and offers specific strategies for work in these areas.
Very good paper!
By Edward Marugg
Even though this document emphasizes the State of California, it is a great basis of information for forming a plan and has a lot of good tools in it. Very good paper.