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Tackling issues around environmental sustainability.
The Climate Action Working Group works to provide leadership and advocacy for increased adoption and action on priority matters relating to climate action in eye health for IAPB Members and other stakeholders. It was established in 2017 as an initiative of the IAPB.
There is a great political drive now for the eye health sector to push the climate action agenda forward. The United Nations has declared climate change as an emergency and the World Health Organization has stated that climate change affects the social and environmental determinants of health. More recently, in 2021, the Lancet Commission on Global Eye Health added Planetary Health as a key component to improving quality of eye care.
The Climate Action Working Group (CAWG) will prioritise the following overarching strategies:
This active group is currently comprised of 17 members and meets several times a year. Opportunities for face-to-face meetings are sought around other events that may already see the attendance of the Work Group members.
Membership of the Climate Action Work Group is open to all IAPB members engaged in climate action.
All Work Group members are expected to actively contribute their expertise and knowledge to ensure the group meets its stated objectives.
For more information on the Climate Action Work Group and how to get involved, get in touch!