Global | New HCWH White Paper Series: The Consequences of Coal and the Case for Divestment

Health Care Without Harm released a series of white­ papers that make the health, financial, and theological arguments for the health sector to divest from coal. The series argues that this public and moral action is central to health care’s mission, and is an important demonstration of leadership.


Excerpt from the introduction by Gary Cohen, HCWH’s President and Founder:

There have been times in our history when we decided certain practices were no longer compatible with our values and sense of who we are as a people.

We stopped the above-ground testing of nuclear weapons because we realized it was exposing people to dangerous levels of radiation. We divested from South Africa and removed the social license of the Apartheid regime because it was fundamentally unjust.

Now we are reaching a societal consensus that coal is so destructive to our health and the environment that it is time to divest from it and plan for its phase out. This action is important in a broader health context because climate change is recognized as the most serious public health threat of our generation.

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