Climate change is identified by the World Health Organization as one of the most urgent global health challenges of our time. Globally, we are witnessing and experiencing impacts on health, livelihoods, and communities as a result of climate change. Converging crises have underscored the interconnectedness of human and environmental health and emphasized how existing inequities influence outcomes.
Nurses are becoming increasingly interested in learning about climate change and its related health impacts, as well as their role in addressing this issue through their own actions and supporting equitable climate solutions in their professional associations/clinics/hospitals and with policymakers. As a prominent component of the health sector workforce, nurses can play a vital role in promoting the understanding of climate change as a health issue, advancing practice to prevent and protect against health threats, and in advocating for health protective policies.
This pre-conference workshop includes a mixture of information sharing and interactive components to build knowledge, practical skills, and a sense of community among nurses working to address climate and health within nursing practice and beyond. Participants will be provided with actionable steps that they can then implement in their practice settings, communities, and at a policy level. Through participation in this workshop, nurses and nursing students will: