The Climate and Ecological Emergency is one of the greatest challenges of our time. It threatens all alive today. We all must do our part to significantly reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and halt loss of biodiversity.

Human activity has caused atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations to soar, with CO2 emissions rising to levels not seen for the past 3.6 million years.1, 2  Despite a short stall related to pandemic shutdowns, their concentrations have continued their relentless rise.2 

Such gases trap energy - the equivalent of 5 Hiroshima Bombs every second. The result is massive energy gain by our oceans and atmosphere. Land surface and ocean temperatures, and sea levels, are rising and extreme weather events are becoming ever more frequent. The ice caps and permafrost are melting. With immediate severe and rapid impacts, such changes may now also continue to progress for millenia- even if emissions rapidly cease, and large-scale drawdown of these gases is implemented.

These are matters of life and death. The time to act is now- and the Intensive Care Society is committed to doing so.

Join our working group

Are you a member of the Society and passionate about sustainability? Then we need you to be part of our working group and help us develop plans to operate sustainability as an organisation, and to drive sustainable intensive care practice.

We’ll be working with partner organisations, setting standards and guidelines to embed sustainable operating throughout healthcare, and facilitating educational sessions to increase knowledge of carbon literacy and environmentally sustainable practice in our community.

The group is open to all members of the Society, and if you’d like to know more you can check out our Terms of Reference.

To express your interest please complete the form below and return it to communicationsteam@ics.ac.uk.
 
Terms of Reference        Expression of Interest  


Our webinar series

In the lead up to the UN climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow we ran our Climate Change Urgency and Action webinar series, to help us understand what actions we can take to make a difference.

The programme ran across seven lunchtime sessions and included presentations from outstanding speakers, all of whom are experts in their fields.

If you missed out on attending any of the sessions you can find the recordings below, or catch up on our YouTube channel.



12:30 - 1:30pm Tuesday 7 September

Learn more about what climate change is, and the effect our reliance on carbon has on the planet. Increase your carbon literacy and make informed decisions. 

Watch the recording



12:30 - 1:30pm Thursday 16 September

Learn about the health impacts of climate change, and the health benefits of taking action.

Watch the recording  



12:30 - 1:30 Tuesday 21 September

Explore the components of our individual carbon footprints, learn about climate impact of food and what a sustainable, planetary diet is. How can public health thinking make a difference?

Watch the recording



12:30 - 1:30pm Tuesday 28 September

Energy, transport, purchases and recycling; learn what you can do to make a bigger impact in the fight against climate change.

Watch the recording



12:30 - 1:30 Tuesday 5 October

It's time to talk about money and climate change. Learn about offsetting, divestment, and pensions from our panel of experts.

Watch the recording



12:30 - 1:30pm Tuesday 12 October

How can the NHS, hospitals, and particularly intensive care do better to combat climate change? Find out from our expert speakers.

Watch the recording



12:30 - 1:30 Tuesday 19 October

Tune in to our panel discussion to hear how we can all help take political action to fight climate change. How can policy and decision makers be influenced to take action on climate change?

Watch the recording  

Further reading

Looking for some information about climate change and healthcare?

The speakers at each session in our webinar series have handpicked articles, books, podcasts and more, that they think you'll find interesting and are a good place to start if you want to learn more.

Read more  


#ShowYourStripes

The graphics we've been using on our website and social media were created by Ed Hawkins, world-renowned climatologist, and professor of climate science at the University of Reading, using data from across the globe. They illustrate rising temperatures over the past 200 years.

Our chosen graphic illustrates the rise in temperature for the United Kingdom, but graphics are available from all over the world. We've got a selection below, but you can find more, and detailed breakdowns, on their website.


Global temperature change (1850-2020)


European temperature change since 1901


United Kingdom temperature change since 1884

Your Carbon Footprint

The best place to start if you'd like to minimise your carbon footprint, is to understand what it's made up of. We're calculating ours to help us determine what changes we can make to reduce our impact on the planet. And you can calculate yours too!

The WWF environmental footprint calculator tool is easy to use and can help you understand the impact your daily choices have on the environment, like food, travel, your home, and the things you buy. It's a great place to start if you're not sure how you can start to make difference.


Climate Change Urgency and Action

If you missed our first sustainability webinar on Earth Day 2021, you can catch up on it below. 

Chairs Hugh Montgomery and Sonia Roschnik (International Climate Policy Director - Health Care Without Harm) were joined by 10 expert panellists for presentations and discussion exploring where we are in the battle against rising emissions, and what action we can take as a Society, at the workplace, and as individuals to do our part.


References

  1. IPCC, 2021: Summary for Policymakers. In: Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Masson- Delmotte, V., P. Zhai, A. Pirani, S. L. Connors, C. Péan, S. Berger, N. Caud, Y. Chen, L. Goldfarb, M. I. Gomis, M. Huang, K. Leitzell, E. Lonnoy, J. B. R. Matthews, T. K. Maycock, T. Waterfield, O. Yelekçi, R. Yu and B. Zhou (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press. In Press. 

  2. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (2021, April 07). NOAA research news - Despite pandemic shutdowns, carbon dioxide and methane surged in 2020. Retrieved from https://research.noaa.gov/article/ArtMID/587/ArticleID/2742/Despite-pandemic-shutdowns-carbon-dioxide-and-methane-surged-in-2020