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Films explain how we can find solutions for a healthier future

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Eunice Lo

Dr Eunice Lo appears in the films.

Press release issued: 1 November 2022

Climate change is one of the biggest health threats facing humanity. It is already affecting our health, and these impacts are likely to increase. A series of short films developed by the University of Bristol’s Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research and Cabot Institute for the Environment explain how the health of our planet is linked to human health, and how research at Bristol will help us to understand these complex and interwoven issues.

The Climate Change and Health research programme is a new collaboration between the two institutes looking into the intersection between climate change and health. The programme brings together experts from different disciplines to understand and address the health impacts of a changing climate.

The films set out some of these complex challenges and explain why it’s urgent we act now; how University Bristol researchers are working together to understand and address the issues; and what we can achieve by investing in this area of research.   

Complex challenges

Climate change will impact health in multiple ways, including mental health, changes in disease patterns; impacts on water, food and nutrition; health consequences of extreme weather events; implications for health and inequalities of strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to support wider adaptation.

Professor Rachael Gooberman-Hill, Director of Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, said: "The health impacts of climate change will not be shared equally. People with least resource are most likely to experience problematic impact on their health and may be living in contexts without sufficient capacity to adapt. These films highlight the Universitys strengths and ambitions in Climate Change and Health research."

Working together

The new research programme will help to build our research capacity, leadership, and impact across several multidisciplinary challenges areas including.

Professor Guy Howard, Director of Cabot Institute for the Environment, said: "We draw together our existing excellence in climate and health research and a focus how our research leads to more equitable, resilient, sustainable solutions with global impact. At the heart of our approach is addressing health inequalities and just transition to ensure that our research contributes to a healthier, safer and fairer world. By working with external partners like the Met Office and the World Health Organization (WHO) we are bringing together experts with the different expertise needed to understand the issues and find solutions."

A healthier future

Rachael Gooberman-Hill continued: "We want to inspire researchers from different disciplines to get involved, we hope the films will excite people about the positive impact that climate change and health research could have. Together we can find solutions for a healthier future… for us and the planet."

The films were produced with funding from QR SPF (Quality-Related Strategic Priorities Fund), UKRI Research England. Thanks to PolicyBristol for their support.

Further information

About Elizabeth Blackwell Institute 
Nurturing research. Improving health. 

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute drives innovation in research to improve health for all. It nurtures interdisciplinary research to address the complex health challenges facing us today. 

The institute focuses on: 

  • Supporting the next generation of health researchers 
  • Connecting people to develop interdisciplinary research 
  • Including everyone in research so the research can benefit all.

About the Cabot Institute for the Environment
The Cabot Institute for the Environment is a diverse community of 600 experts, united by a common cause: protecting our environment and identifying ways of living better with our changing planet.  Together, we deliver the evidence base and solutions to tackle the challenges of food securitywaterlow carbon energycity futuresenvironmental change, and natural hazards and disasters

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