Climate change and rising energy costs will change everything: A new mindset and action plan for 21st Century public health

McCartney, G., Hanlon, P. and Romanes, F. (2008) Climate change and rising energy costs will change everything: A new mindset and action plan for 21st Century public health. Public Health, 122(7), pp. 658-663. (doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2008.03.018)

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Abstract

Western governments currently prioritize economic growth and the pursuit of profit above alternative goals of sustainability, health and equality. Climate change and rising energy costs are challenging this consensus. The realization of the transformation required to meet these challenges has provoked denial and conflict, but could lead to a more positive response which leads to a health dividend; enhanced well-being, less overconsumption and greater equality. This paper argues that public health can make its best contribution by adopting a new mindset, discourse, methodology and set of tasks.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Peak oil; Climate change; Economic growth; Obesity; Inequality; Well-being
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hanlon, Professor Philip
Authors: McCartney, G., Hanlon, P., and Romanes, F.
Subjects:R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences
Journal Name:Public Health
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0033-3506
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2008 Elsevier
First Published:First published in Heart 122(7):658-663
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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