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Global Nurses Climate Change Committe

Welcome to the Global Nurses Climate Change Committee!

The urgency to act to reduce and protect against threats to public health presented by climate change is increasing. The Global Nurses Climate Change Committee was formed in response to the urgency and need for health professionals to increase awareness and promote action that addresses climate change as a health imperative. The nursing profession is in a unique position to lead on this issue, with the committee offering the opportunity for nurses to engage on action that promotes mitigation and adaptation responses to the climate crisis.

The Climate Change Committee views climate change impacts from a global lens and works to incorporate elements of practice, education, research, and policy/advocacy as it relates to solutions to address this health crisis.  Our current work includes developing educational resources that can be utilized by all specialties of nursing, identifying avenues for advocacy at local, state, and federal levels, and working within nursing organizations to prioritize this issue.

This committee encourages participation on an international level, as global unification is vital to advancing action to reduce health threats posed by climate change. Our committee calls are held on the third Thursday of every month at 5 -6  pm US Eastern time.

Sign up for our Committee listserve so you can stay up to date with our activities: Sign up! For more information about the ANHE Global Nurses Climate Change Committee, please contact Cara Cook (cara@envirn.org).

Resources for Nurses 

NEW! ANHE Nurses’ Guide to What the Science Teaches US about Common Solutions to Climate Change and Family Health Problems – This guide was developed in response to the release of the 2020 House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis framework “Solving the Climate Crisis, A Congressional Roadmap for Ambitious Climate Action”. Supported by over 100 references, this guide highlights why nurses are calling on all our policymakers to join us in taking strong action now to address climate change and improve our families’ and community health!

Nurses Climate Challenge – Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) and ANHE have teamed up to bring you the Nurses Climate Challenge (NCC)! The NCC is a national campaign to mobilize nurses to educate 50,000 health professionals on the impacts of climate change on human health by 2022. Join the hundreds of Nurse Climate Champions from across the country as we launch a movement of health professionals committed to taking action to protect the health of their patients and communities from the worst impacts of climate change!

Nurses Drawdown – A project of ANHE and Project Drawdown, Nurses and midwives from around the world are invited to join the Nurses Drawdown movement by taking personal and professional action in five key areas: Energy, Gender Equity, Food, Mobility, and Nature. Through commitment to the evidence-based Nurses Drawdown actions, nurses will improve the health of individuals and communities, while also taking steps to heal the planet. 

Climate, Health, and Nursing Tool (CHANT)Nurses and other health professionals around the world are invited to take the CHANT: Climate, Health and Nursing Tool each year. CHANT is a 10-minute survey asking respondents about awareness, motivation, and behaviors related to climate change and health. CHANT 2020 is now available.

Global Nurses Climate Change Committee

Meet our Climate Change Committee Co-Chairs:

Adrienne Wald

Adrienne Wald

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Adrienne Wald, EdD, MBA, RN, MCHES, CNE is an associate professor of nursing at the College of New Rochelle/Mercy College in New York teaching health promotion, research, and leadership. Her clinical background is in oncology nursing and she has served as a health services administrator at the American Red Cross (Greater New York).  A longtime tobacco control advocate, she works to advance health policy for disease prevention and wellness, and promote social justice. Dr. Wald’s research interests include weight management and physical activity epidemiology. She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) currently serving as an evidence analyst for a position statement on exertional heat-related illness, is a member of the Exercise is Medicine™ Education Committee, and the Exercise is Medicine on Campus® initiative. She is a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Her research has been published in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, American Journal of Health Promotion, and Journal of Nursing Scholarship and Nursing Economic$. She holds a Doctor of Education (EdD) from Teachers College Columbia University, MBA in healthcare management, and BSN from Boston University (1997). Adrienne has competed in a dozen marathons from NY to LA, including Marine Corps, Chicago and Philadelphia, qualifying for 6 Boston Marathons, and running it five times. She was head coach of the College of New Rochelle Blue Angels women’s country team for five years and has served as a medical race volunteer and  race director.

Charlotte Brody

Charlotte Brody

Charlotte is a registered nurse, the mother of two sons, and vice president for Health Initiatives of the BlueGreen Alliance. She has led a Planned Parenthood affiliate and been among the founders of the Brown Lung Association, Health Care Without Harm, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Green for All and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. Charlotte previously served as the Executive Director of Commonweal, and a founder and Executive Director of Health Care Without Harm.