The Society for Social Medicine and Population Health endorses the Health Professionals’ call for Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty in an effort to mitigate the destructive impacts caused by fossil fuels on the social determinants of health of current and future generations.
The letter from the health community calling for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty is now open for sign-on.
With this letter, the health community joins academics, scientists, Nobel laureates, cities, faith leaders, and young people in calling for a treaty to stop fossil fuels. The health letter builds directly on the call in the Healthy Climate Prescription letter to “deliver a rapid and just transition away from fossil fuels.”
Health organizations bring an important voice to this call – there are concerning health risks and significant health costs associated with every stage of fossil fuel production and use. These are outlined in the attached infographics and in this briefing note.
Like the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the proposed Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty will aim to be an evidence-based international agreement to control a category of substances well-known to be harmful to human health.
Our goal is to gather as many signatures as possible, from health organizations and individual health workers, by early September. To this end, please sign and share the letter broadly with your membership and other associated organizations.