WHO and health organizations demand “global and legally binding plan” to reduce fossil fuels | News

Together with the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 200 health organizations have called for a “fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty”. They also pointed to the “serious threats to human and world health” that they pose.

The text calls for a global and legally binding plan to “phase out current production and use of fossil fuels”. Governments would then be legally obliged to include this. Fossil fuels are the main source of greenhouse gas emissions.

In addition, the organizations call for an “immediate cessation of all activities and investments in infrastructure exploration, extraction and construction and for a just transition for every worker, every community and every country.”

“Modern addiction to fossil fuels is not just an act of environmental vandalism. From a health perspective, this is also an act of self-sabotage,” said WHO President Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The text recalls that the increase in extreme weather events due to global warming also has direct impacts on human health, with “serious repercussions on mental health, increasing anxiety and depression, particularly among young people”.

“The cost of doing nothing is increasing,” emphasized Jeni Miller, president of the Global Climate and Health Alliance, the NGO that initiated the text.

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