Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century and will affect most populations in the next decades, putting the lives and wellbeing of billions of people at increased risk. Delivering healthcare has a significant impact on the environment, resulting in further health problems that require interventions.
The aim of the project was to develop an innovative and engaging digital representation of key aspects of sustainability and health, in order to raise awareness about the need for education and promote the NurSusTOOLKIT.
The objectives were to:
- Use data to visually represent National Health Service (NHS) carbon emissions.
- Use data from our clinical waste research to visually represent inappropriately segregated waste and the potential savings that could be achieved by reducing the waste inappropriately segregated to the clinical waste stream.
- To highlight teaching approaches and resources available to draw attention to sustainability and healthcare.
Members of the Sustainability, Society and Health Research Group at the University of Plymouth have developed research-based educational interventions to engage health professionals in exploring the health impacts of climate change, and to consider how healthcare can be delivered sustainably.