The urgency to act to reduce and protect against threats to public health presented by climate change is increasing. The Global Nurses Climate Change Committee was formed in response to the urgency and need for health professionals to increase awareness and promote action that addresses climate change as a health imperative. The nursing profession is in a unique position to lead on this issue, with the committee offering the opportunity for nurses to engage on action that promotes mitigation and adaptation responses to the climate crisis.
The Climate Change Committee views climate change impacts from a global lens and works to incorporate elements of practice, education, research, and policy/advocacy as it relates to solutions to address this health crisis. Our current work includes developing educational resources that can be utilized by all specialties of nursing, identifying avenues for advocacy at local, state, and federal levels, and working within nursing organizations to prioritize this issue.
This committee encourages participation on an international level, as global unification is vital to advancing action to reduce health threats posed by climate change.
Our committee calls are held on the third Thursday of every month at 5 -6 pm US Eastern time.
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Meet our Climate Change Committee Co-Chairs:
Charlotte Brody is a registered nurse, the mother of two sons, and vice president for Health Initiatives of the BlueGreen Alliance. She has led a Planned Parenthood affiliate and been among the founders of the Brown Lung Association, Health Care Without Harm, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Green for All and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families.
Adrienne Wald is currently an Associate Professor of Nursing. She has over 40 years of experience in nursing, health care management, and higher education. She holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) focused on health behavior/health promotion and nursing education from Teachers College of Columbia University; an MBA from Adelphi University (health care management) and BSN (Boston University).
If you’d like more information on this committee, please contact Cara Cook.