Editorial – Newsletter Nr 4

Dear readers,

The COP21 in Paris in December 2015 marks a turning point in the fight against climate change. On this oc- casion, the Centre Virchow-Villermé is committed, with other partners, to the promotion of health as an important argument in the negotiations on climate change. The health impacts of climate change are already widely visible in Africa in particular, where its population suffers the most from droughts, but also floods, even though it is the continent that has produced the least greenhouse gas emissions throughout history. The global effort required today will have an impact on many areas that interact with health. By limiting the migration of climate refugees, saving crops, reducing the risks of extreme weather events, and slowing the rise in sea levels and acidity, health conditions will in turn benefit.

At Le Bourget, the Centre Virchow-Villermé will present the recent work of re- searchers who demonstrate that each of us can, in our own way, contribute to the fight against climate change. It depends on our willingness to eat less red meat and more fruits and vegetables. It falls on us to actively make use of greener forms of transport particularly in urban areas. In addition to significantly bene- fiting the climate, we know that these small gestures in our daily lives immedia- tely promote our health: fewer cancers, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

We invite our readers to discover these often complex issues by following the three MOOCS, which the Centre Virchow Villermé produced in French or English. These MOOCs ‒ free and ac- cessible to all ‒ were created through the strong cooperation of Franco-Ger- man institutions, including Prof. Rainer Sauerborn, of the University of Heidelberg.

Antoine Flahault

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