There is incontrovertible evidence from the international scientific community that climate change is taking place due to man-made emissions of greenhouse gases. Burning fossil fuels is a major contributor to these emissions.
Impacts of climate change – many of which are already being seen – include extreme weather events, sea level rises, and mass species loss and extinction. These will have knock-on impacts in the UK including on infrastructure, food availability, health and illness patterns, and migration. According to the UN Environment Programme, a 2°C increase could mean more heat waves, a ten-fold increase in Arctic ice-free summers and a complete wipe-out of the world’s coral reefs, home to millions of species. Limiting earth’s warming to 1.5°C by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions will reduce both the magnitude and impact of these changes.
In January 2020, at the start of a new decade and with time short to prevent climate ‘tipping points’ potentially being breached, Cardiff and Vale UHB declared a climate emergency, and committed to taking decisive action on our own emissions.
Doing so is not only the right thing to do based on the science, but demonstrates our commitment to maintaining and improving public health and reducing inequalities, and meeting our responsibilities under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) and Environment (Wales) Acts. This approach is fully aligned with our organisational strategy, Shaping Our Future Well-being, and our well-being objectives.
Cardiff & Vale University Health Board is an active entity continually improving. As a health board, we aim to exceed our responsibilities by delivering more than healthcare. We are always striving to be better. By continuing to make a difference not just for today, we hope to leave a lasting example for future generations to follow.
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