The international society for children’s health and the environment commits to reduce its carbon footprint to safeguard children’s health

Brenda Eskenazi, Ruth A. Etzel, Kam Sripada, Maryann R. Cairns, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Katarzyna Kordas, João Paulo Machado Torres, Howard W. Mielke, Youssef Oulhote, Lesliam Quirós-Alcalá, José R. Suárez-López, Marya G. Zlatnik

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Abstract

The Lancet Countdown and the 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change declared that the worst impacts of climate change are and will continue to be felt disproportionately by children. Children are uniquely vulnerable to the consequences of climate change, including heat stress, food scarcity, increases in pollution and vector-borne diseases, lost family income, displacement, and the trauma of living through a climate-related disaster. These stressors can result in long-lasting physical and mental health sequelae. Based upon these concerns associated with climate change, the International Society for Children’s Health and the Environment developed a statement about ways in which the Society could take action to reduce its contribution of greenhouse gas emissions. The objective of this article is to report our Society’s plans in hopes that we may stimulate other scientific societies to take action. https://doi.org/10.1289/EHP6578.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number014501
JournalEnvironmental health perspectives
Volume128
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2020

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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Eskenazi, B., Etzel, R. A., Sripada, K., Cairns, M. R., Hertz-Picciotto, I., Kordas, K., Torres, J. P. M., Mielke, H. W., Oulhote, Y., Quirós-Alcalá, L., Suárez-López, J. R., & Zlatnik, M. G. (2020). The international society for children’s health and the environment commits to reduce its carbon footprint to safeguard children’s health. Environmental health perspectives, 128(1), [014501]. https://doi.org/10.1289/EHP6578