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Honouring Earth Day 2024 with a Special Interview

Honouring Earth Day 2024 with a Special Interview
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For this Earth Day, we had the honour of interviewing Professor Hugh Montgomery⁠, a leading figure in the fields of science, healthcare, and environmental sustainability. Professor Montgomery, a distinguished scientist and co-founder of “Real Zero”, shared invaluable insights.

In this interview, led by our ECHAlliance Chair Brian O’Connor, they explored the urgent need for environmental sustainability within the healthcare sector. They confront the stark reality that the global healthcare sector ranks as the fifth-largest emitter of greenhouse gases on the planet. With a focus on actionable insights, Professor Montgomery challenges conventional wisdom and offers practical solutions for individuals and organisations alike. From changing how we buy things to using more renewable energy, this episode encourages us all to work together towards a fully sustainable future.

About Professor Hugh Montgomery

Hugh obtained a 1st class BSc (Cardiorespiratory Physiology/Neuropharmacology) in 1984, his Medical Degree in 1987, & MDRes in 1997. He works as a consultant Intensivist in London & is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at UCL where he also directs the Centre for Human Health & Performance. He’s published >600 scientific research articles & has won 8 international awards.

Hugh chaired the two Lancet Commissions on Human Health & Climate Change, & now co-chairs the 5-year, 42-country Lancet Countdown on Health & Climate Change. He’s written & lectured extensively on the subject; has briefed policymakers (inter)nationally; & co-leads the UCL MSc module on climate & health. He was appointed London Leader by Greater London Authority’s Sustainable Development Commission; has attended many of the international ‘COP’ negotiations; leads the children’s climate education ‘Project Genie’; & co-led the ITV documentary on Floods and Climate Change (2020). He was awarded the OBE in 2022 in part for his work on climate change and health.

ECHAlliance TIE on Green Health⁠

Green Health is one of the four priorities of the Global Health Connector Partnership. This is why we launched the Thematic Innovation Ecosystem, aimed at connecting the needs and solutions. Learn more about it here: ⁠Thematic Innovation Ecosystem on Green Health⁠.

 

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