Climate Change and the People’s Health
Sharon Friel and Series edited by Nancy Krieger
- A bold new treatise on the relationship between climate change and social inequity, in particular climate change’s role in health inequities
- The first book to address these two topics in dual terms
- Introduces concept of “consumptagenic systems,” a new framework for understanding the common drivers of climate change and health, useful for highlighting co-benefits for intervention
- Employs systems approach to understanding populations, with threads from social science, physical science, and humanities
- An ideal core text for courses on climate change, social inequity, and health determinants
- The second book in SMALL BOOKS, BIG IDEAS IN POPULATION HEALTH series, edited by Harvard’s Nancy Krieger
Climate change and social inequity are both sprawling, insidious forces that threaten populations around the world. It’s time we start talking about them together.
Climate Change and the People’s Health offers a brave and ambitious new framework for understanding how our planet’s two greatest existential threats comingle, complement, and amplify one another — and what can be done to mitigate future harm. In doing so it posits three new modes of thinking:
· That climate change interacts with the social determinants of health and exacerbates existing health inequities
· The idea of a “consumptagenic system” — a network of policies, processes, governance and modes of understanding that fuel unhealthy, and environmentally destructive production and consumption
· The steps necessary to move from denial and inertia toward effective mobilization, including economic, social, and policy interventions
With insights from physical science, social science, and humanities, this short book examines how climate change and social inequity are indelibly linked, and considering them together can bring about effective change in social equity, health, and the environment.
Sharon Friel, Professor of Health Equity and Director of the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University, and Series edited by Nancy Krieger, Professor of Social Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Sharon Friel, PhD, MsC, is Professor of Health Equity and Director of the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University. She is also Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy ANU. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia. Between 2005 and 2008 she was the Head of the Scientific Secretariat (University College London) of the World Health Organisation Commission on Social Determinants of Health. Her interests are in the political economy of health; policy, governance and regulation in relation to the social determinants of health inequities, including trade and investment, food systems, and climate change.