How can we identify those who are most at risk from the impacts of climate change, and what is being done to assist the most vulnerable, including those going through the health and social care systems?
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out how communities, organisations and governments can progress towards better lives for themselves and their children, without leaving anyone behind. The LGA has a guide for councils setting out proposals for how they can respond to the SDGs and develop them in their own communities.
This briefing provides the information to help directors of public health consider the appropriate public health response to air pollution in their area.
Cheshire’s Natural Health Service uses the best of the county’s green space assets to help tackle recognised local health inequalities. This initiative builds on the growing body of evidence that activities in the natural environment can have a significant impact on keeping people healthy.
When declaring the Climate and Ecological Emergency in 2019, Swale Borough Council committed to ensuring the most vulnerable in society were not adversely affected. To help deprived communities save money, improve their energy and water efficiency, and reduce carbon emissions, the Fuel and Water Home Adviser was appointed to work within communities to improve their livelihoods.
Portsmouth City Council proposed a number of different solutions to reduce air pollution levels, one of which was the investment in a network of charging facilities, both on and off street, to encourage public and private uptake of plug-in vehicles.
The Royal Borough of Kingston is committed to increasing the use of participatory democracy to develop responses to difficult issues. As a result, the council held their first Citizens’ Assembly, asking residents “how do we collectively improve air quality in Kingston?”
The LGA in association with the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) have produced a short publication targeted at local authorities, health and wellbeing boards, commissioning groups and health services. It shows how climate change should be part of the conversations about the new structures, responsibilities and ways of working in health and social care.
Whilst it is difficult to casually link high exposure to air pollution to health outcomes, Portsmouth's residents experience higher rates of premature death from cardiovascular diseases and cancers than the England average. Air pollution also has a disproportionate impact on the city's most deprived areas, where residents are already vulnerable to poor health.
The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) have created this toolkit to make evaluating the health and wellbeing impacts of affordable warmth schemes easier and more effective. They have created this toolkit for local organisations managing affordable warmth schemes and directors of public health and housing in local authorities.
The 2019 report of Countdown on health and climate change explores how we can ensure that the health of a child born today is not defined by a changing climate. It is a free article but you will need to create an account.
This tool allows local authorities to quantify the potential costs to the NHS and social care due to the health impacts of air pollution and can be used to estimate the health cost savings of low carbon transport projects.
Climate Just have created a tool which maps the most disadvantaged areas through climate impacts and the different areas that are likely to be affected by flooding and high temperatures. The maps can be used to identify common themes related to vulnerability and review the recommended actions – consisting of raising awareness and partnership working.
C40 Cities have suggested that climate action plans should include engagement with the community and stakeholders, policy and the impact. They have included a video of mayors of Bogota, Cape Town, New York City, Paris, Portland and Seoul, explaining why climate change and social inequality should be tackled together.
Climate change resources
Alongside the majority of councils, the LGA has declared a climate emergency. We offer a wide range of resources to help councils address environmental sustainability.
A local path to net zero
Councils want to work as partners with government, industry and communities to tackle climate change. They are intrinsic to transitioning our places and empowering our communities and businesses to net zero future.