2020 Health Care Climate Challenge

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The 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge is a GGHH initiative to mobilize health care institutions around the globe to protect public health from climate change.

Any hospital, health system, or health organization can join the 2020 Challenge. By doing so, they are granted automatic membership in GGHH. The first step is to sign the 2020 Challenge pledge.

The Challenge is based on three pillars:

    1. Mitigation – Reducing health care’s own carbon footprint.
    2. Resilience – Preparing for the impacts of extreme weather and the shifting burden of disease.
    3. Leadership – Educating staff and the public while promoting policies to protect public health from climate change.

The Challenge was launched in 2015 in a rolling series of events around the world, culminating in Paris at COP21, the UN Climate Conference, where leading health systems were recognized with awards. In 2016, thousands more hospitals and health systems are expected to participate in the 2020 Challenge.

The 2020 Challenge currently has 136 participants, representing more than 10,000 hospitals and health centers in 23 countries.

Who can Participate?

  • Hospitals; health care facilities; health systems; health, professional and academic organizations (GGHH members and non-members) that sign the 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge Pledge can participate in the Challenge.
  • If you are not a GGHH member and agree to participate in the challenge by signing the 2020 Pledge, your institution will receive an automatic membership in GGHH, and with it, access to tools and resources, including our online collaboration platform, GGHH Connect. Non-members joining GGHH through the 2020 Challenge will be required to submit a letter of intent to join the network before being accepted. 


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