RCPsych signs up to UK Health Alliance on Climate Change commitments

Statement / comment
01 March 2023

The UK Health Alliance on Climate Change (UKHACC) has released a list of ten commitments to help mitigate the impact of global warming and other environmental threats. 

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has pledged to support these guiding principles and will work alongside other members of the alliance to make healthcare services more sustainable.

Dr Adrian James, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: “Climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss have created a mental health crisis that will disproportionately impact vulnerable groups, including children and people with pre-existing mental illness.

“The climate crisis has devastated communities across the globe in recent years, and we know the health sector has a key role to play in mitigating these threats. The Royal College of Psychiatrists is committed to tackling the growing climate emergency and will work to promote sustainable mental health services.

“The College has pledged to achieve Carbon Net Zero by 2040 as part of an ambitious plan for sustainability. We have also already divested from all fossil fuels and re-invested in a portfolio that promotes the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.” 

The full UKHACC announcement has more information about the commitments. 

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