— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) April 6, 2022
“The climate crisis is a health crisis: The same unsustainable choices that are killing our planet are killing people,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Health and social crises
The UN health agency warned that the steadily heating world is seeing mosquito-borne diseases spreading farther and faster, than ever before.
And extreme weather events, biodiversity loss, land degradation and water scarcity, are displacing people and affecting health, while pollution and plastics found at the bottom of the world’s deepest oceans and highest mountains, are increasingly making their way into food chains and blood streams.
Moreover, systems that produce highly processed, unhealthy foods and beverages, are driving a wave of obesity, increasing cancer and heart disease while generating up to a third of global greenhouse gas emissions.
These health and social crises are compromising people’s ability to take control over their health and lives, according to WHO.
The COVID factor
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted fault lines of inequity across the world, underlining the urgency of creating sustainable and healthy societies which do not breach ecological limits.
We need to ensure that all people have access to lifesaving and life-enhancing tools, systems, policies and environments, said the agency.