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RPS joins UK Health Alliance on Climate Change

We've joined the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change (UKHACC).

The Alliance brings together a number of organisations including many Royal Colleges, Faculties of Health, the British Medical Journal, and the Lancet. It coordinates action that helps amplify the voices of healthcare professionals in advocating for responses to climate change that protect and promote public health.

Our membership of the UKHACC builds on our commitment to climate action within pharmacy and healthcare more widely. After sustainability was identified as an urgent issue for attention by our national elected boards in 2021, we have taken forward a range of activities including:

  • Issuing a declaration of a climate emergency
  • Producing a series of policies with recommendations to reduce the environmental impact of medicines and pharmacy practice
  • Committing to fully disinvest from fossil fuels by the end 2022.

Commenting, RPS President Professor Claire Anderson said: “I’m delighted that the RPS is now a full member of UKHACC and to be representing RPS on the Alliance’s Council.

“Through raising awareness of healthcare’s impact on climate change and enabling health professional groups to speak with one voice, the UKHACC has a leading part in reducing the environmental impact of healthcare in the UK. With climate change being such a seismic challenge, collaboration of this kind is vital.

“It’s great that the RPS can now help support the Alliance’s work and bring our expertise in medicines and their impact on the environment to the table."

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