Climate change represents the greatest public health challenge of the 21st century. The Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative (CCHI) utilizes research, education, public health practice, and service to help achieve a world with a stable and safe climate; one in which the public’s health and diverse ecosystems can thrive. CCHI works to 1) facilitate innovative interdisciplinary research to understand the health impacts of climate change and of human activities that cause climate change, and to develop mitigation and adaptation solutions; 2) provide a comprehensive educational program in climate change and health that trains future leaders; 3) utilize public health science to support governmental and civil society efforts to mitigate or strategically adapt to climate change and to achieve climate justice; and 4) contribute to local, national, and international scholarly efforts to summarize and track the effects of climate change on health, along with progress toward solutions.
The Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative is supported by a generous grant from the Overlook International Foundation. Its directors, Richard and Dee Lawrence, also co-founded Cool Effect, a program that identifies some of the best carbon emission reduction projects in the world and makes it simple for supporters to donate.