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Medical Society Sub-Committee: Healthy Planet Society

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Health workers are not climate scientists. But understanding global environmental change and its impacts on physical and social systems are already important for clinical practice around the world, and this importance will only increase through the coming century.

We're a group of students who work to raise awareness of the links between environmental change and health. We aim to educate, advocate and act on the intersections between ecology, climate change, and human health. We know that tackling these kinds of environmental problems, for example through clean energy, active travel, and home insulation, can benefit both physical and mental health. We believe that young people should have more of a say in the policies that will affect their futures in such important ways.

For more information follow us on Facebook (Healthy Planet Sheffield), Instagram (healthyplanetsheffield) or check out the Healthy Planet UK website at

What we do and how you can get involved

1. The Schools Project - we go into schools and after schools clubs to teach kids about how climate change and our environment affect our health. We need passionate students to help run these sessions - come to our next training day on Monday 11th February, 5pm-6pm, Octagon Meeting Room 4 to get involved

2. Combating Climate Change in the Most Effective Way - Healthy Planet Sheffield and Effective Altruism Sheffield are collaborating to bring you this exciting and informative workshop to increase awareness on which factors have the most significant impact on climate change. It will also help to highlight the positive actions that you can take to tackle this important issue and which most suit your skills and resources. We'll finish with FREE VEGAN PIZZA 🍕 🍕 and time for discussion with organisers and participants who have a variety of useful knowledge and experience in climate change and related issues. Wednesday 13th February, 6pm-8pm, K14 Hicks Building

3. Healthier Lifestyles for a Healthier Planet: working groups and event - Living more sustainable doesn't just benefit our planet - our own health often benefits too. Our current Lifestyle project is to promote cycling to students that have to commute to placements by creating a 'Cycling Handbook' to make it easier for students to know how to get there, and what facilities there are at their placement. We also working to promote sustainable diets with the Student's Union and are running an event with Sustainability Committee with Duncan Williamson from WWF speaking about his work on sustainable diets Tuesday 26th February 7pm-8:30pm (location TBC).

4. Movie screening of 'Thank You For the Rain' - This film is about a Kenyan farmer who started to use his camera to capture the life of his family, his village and the damages of climate change. When a violent storm throws him and a Norwegian filmmaker together, this man transforms from a father, to community leader to an activist on the global stage. We are hoping to hire the Nelson Mandela Auditorium for this event this term - check this space and our Facebook page for updates

5. Greener Practice - Healthy Planet Sheffield members can attend the Greener Practice meetings held by a group of GP's in South Yorkshire that are actively promoting sustainability into healthcare. We also judge the annual Greener Practice awards, where GP surgeries across the region exhibit the changes they have made to improve the carbon footprint of their practice. For more information about Greener Practice visit their website

6. Walks in the Peaks - Healthy Planet run several walks to the Peak District each term to give people to explore this beautiful part of nature. Last term we did a loop from Fox House around Padley Gorge, and also walked all the way from Endcliffe Park to Ringinglow and back. We're looking for walks leaders for this term - if you're interested please send us an email or a message on our Facebook page

7. Sustainability in our Education - Our university curricula is a gateway to show us all how sustainability is a crucial component to every subject matter - much of the content that we are taught is centred around practices and thinking is aimed towards maximising the benefit to our society now, ignoring the impacts on future generations. We have started looking into how this can change in two departments already (Medicine and Speech and Language Therapy) but this is something that is crucial for all subject areas. Want to see sustainability feature in your department's curriculum? Let us know and we'll add you to the Curriculum working group