The College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP) has joined fellow pharmacy organisations and other professional colleges, in making a climate emergency declaration.
The CMHP agrees that action must be taken now. Climate change is more than an environmental crisis: it is the single biggest health threat facing humanity. Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year.
The CMHP is committed to ensuring that the organisations future ways of working and decision making will embed environmental sustainability. For example, the CMHP commits to looking to move to ethical banking options and utilising virtual meeting options where feasible. The organisation has no investments in fossil fuels or other environmentally harmful products and is committed to educating members on sustainability issues.
Some CMHP Council members have joined Pharmacy Declares, a group of climate conscious pharmacy professionals based in the United Kingdom. The CMHP will continue to work collaboratively with Pharmacy Declares and other pharmacy organisations and professional colleges to help bring about changes.
Karen Shuker, Vice President CMHP, says:
It is important that pharmacy teams recognise the scale of the health threat facing us and start to take action, in taking this step of making a climate emergency declaration CMHP is at the beginning of our journey. We look forward to embedding sustainability into the work we do and will work collaboratively with others to deliver on the commitments in our declaration.