Just transition

For healthy people, on a healthy planet

Why Just Transition?

As the world is discussing the phasing out of fossil fuels and is looking at ways to transition to cleaner, renewable, and more sustainable sources of energy, we need to ensure that this process is equitable, rapid, and just. 

We need to weave health into the Just Transition fabric, in a way that centers protecting and improving people’s health in a post-fossil fuel society, as health is the overlapping but missing link that connects Just Transition with an equitable world, with holistic health systems and accessible health care services at its core. 

Integrating public health into this framework can contribute to a democratized vision of a Just Transition that is tightly bound to community health, social equity, and planetary survival. To accomplish this, Just Transition needs to be examined from a service systems perspective – one that emphasizes health care and wellbeing. This will ascertain the interlinkages between human health and planetary health, social well-being, prosperity, justice, and equity. 

Our resources

Just transition for healthy people on a healthy planet

Health Care Without Harm’s position paper on Just Transition, which includes the principles and positions that guide the conversation on this topic.

COP28 health letter

In 2023, Health Care With Harm and the Global Climate and Health Alliance launched the COP28 Open Letter on fossil fuels, unifying the voice of…

Our publications

PLOS Global Public Health, 2024

Centering health in a Just Transition – paving way for health-based climate actions in global climate negotiations.

The BMJ, 2024.

The health community must build on commitments from COP28 to deliver healthy outcomes for all

New Solutions, 2023

Just Transition for healthy people on a healthy planet

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