Millions of Lives Could Be Saved If Global Warming Was Controlled

The World Health Organization (WHO) urges the COP26 summit to act on climate issues to improve public health around the world, Monday (11/10/2021). The WHO says millions of lives could be saved by controlling global warming due to climate change.

“The burning of fossil fuels is killing us. Climate change is the single greatest health threat facing humanity,” the World Health Organization said in a special report on COP26, quoted by The Straits Times, Tuesday, October 12, 2021.

According to WHO Chair Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, “The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the intimate and vulnerable relationship between humans, animals and our environment.”

WHO asks all countries to commit seriously at COP26 to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, in accordance with the 2015 Paris Agreement signed by a number of countries, including Indonesia. COP26 is the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Glasgow, UK from 31 October to 12 November 2021.

Improving air quality, diet, and physical activity are part of the WHO’s ten recommendations to tackle climate change and avoid the worst health impacts of the climate crisis. Air pollution, for example, especially from burning fossil fuels, can cause the death of up to 13 people per minute worldwide.

“Reducing air pollution levels based on WHO guidelines, for example, would reduce the global number of deaths from air pollution by 80 percent,” said Maria Neira, WHO director of environment, climate change and health.

Vegetable Diet
Regarding diet, Neira explained, switching to a plant-based diet can significantly reduce global emissions. In addition, the changes ensure a more resilient food system and avoid up to 5.1 million diet-related deaths per year by 2050.

In the ten WHO recommendations, they also urged negotiators from the COP to put health issues at the center of the summit and commit to recovery from COVID-19. WHO also wants climate interventions with health benefits to be prioritized.

The health potential of climate risk is also part of the summit’s discussion priorities. The report states that the shift from burning coal to renewable energy is a step towards an energy system that can improve health.
In addition, WHO also urges countries to reorganize their urban environment. The goal is to prioritize access to green spaces as well as public transportation, cycling and pedestrians.,50299371.html,115736

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