Climate change is affecting our health

Climate change is affecting our health

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 24
Publication date: 2009
Languages: English


The core concern is succinctly stated: Climate change endangers health in fundamental ways. The warming of the planet will be gradual, but the effects of extreme weather events – more storms, floods, droughts and heatwaves – will be abrupt and acutely felt. Both trends can affect some of the most fundamental determinants of health: air, water, food, shelter, and freedom from disease.

This brochure presents six paintings, produced by the Italian painter Elisabetta Farina and commissioned by WHO are linked to a broader initiative named Art for Health aimed at using art work to support awareness-raising about the health consequences of climate change. It underlines the global impact making use of images of women from different regions speaking the six World Health Organization (WHO) official languages. It stresses the common agenda while underlining diversity of vulnerability. It points out that women are one of the groups vulnerable to the health consequences of climate change while recognizing their role as actors of change. The collection is part of a suite of other products and initiatives developed for a global advocacy and outreach campaign. Data on the present and expected impacts of climate change on health are provided alongside the different subjects and languages.