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CHA recommends health-care response to climate change

April 12, 2012

The Catholic Health Association has called upon health care providers to “help address the problem of climate change and its impacts on the health and welfare of people worldwide, especially the most vulnerable.”

“Pope Benedict XVI and the U.S. Catholic Bishops accept the scientific consensus that climate change is upon us and urge prudent action now to more faithfully care for creation and to avoid more severe consequences in the future, and they warn that its adverse impacts will fall heaviest on the poor at home and abroad,” write the authors of “Climate Change and Health: Is There a Role for the Health Care Sector?”

“As Catholic health care providers, climate change is a moral concern and our faith demands prudent action to reduce our carbon footprint, protect human life and dignity, care for ‘the least of these’ and raise our voice on behalf of creation and the poor,” they continue.

The authors recommend “reducing our contribution to the problem,” “caring for those who are victims,” and “advocating for public policies and private actions that will bring solutions.”

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 13, 2012 12:04 PM ET USA

    The CHA's millionaires nun is simply extending her reach for leftist issues. Has anyone determined who owns the CHA? Who has ultimate responsibility?

  • Posted by: mgreen32234 - Apr. 13, 2012 10:20 AM ET USA

    What are the specific illnesses of those suffering from climate change? For me, climate change talk makes me nautious. Can a health care provider of the CHA treat me?

  • Posted by: Gregory108 - Apr. 13, 2012 4:51 AM ET USA

    Such a surprise to see the CHA quoting or supporting the bishops or the Pope in anything! Maybe that's because this falls along the lines of their left-wing agenda. The CHA has certainly been working overtime, trying to scuttle the bishops' efforts for religious freedom in the US, trying to mandate birth control and abortion coverage at Church expense! Maybe if the bishops and Pope find themselves on the same side of any issue as the CHA, they need to examine their position and their science!

  • Posted by: - Apr. 12, 2012 1:38 PM ET USA

    The CHA might want to revisit the "science" of climate change since many scientists are abandoning it and retracting their previous support. The CHA has many more important problems to deal with if Obamacare survives the Supreme Court.

  • Posted by: veniteadoremus1822 - Apr. 12, 2012 7:10 AM ET USA

    Best for the CHA to get its position straight on the administration's health care policies before delving into tangential, health-related initiatives.