Climate change is no longer a future threat but a reality, one that is changing the natural and human environment, eroding the balance of the ecosystems of our planet and the species that depend on it. The draft document, Healthy hospitals, healthy planet, healthy people, confronting climate change in health care settings, is based on the mandate from member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) to develop programs for health facilities that will contribute to reducing their own greenhouse gas emissions.

The document identifies seven aspects of a climate-friendly hospital. It gives a series of examples of hospitals from around the world that demonstrate that the health sector has already taken the lead on these issues.

This work is the first phase of a WHO project in collaboration with Health Care without Harm which addresses the health sector’s impact on climate change. The document is available only in English and can be accessed at: www.who.int/globalchange/publications/healthcare_settings/en.