Real, Urgent & Now: Communicating the health impacts of climate change

Nurses, doctors and other health professionals are the most trusted people in society to talk about the health impacts of climate change.

However, most health professionals are not trained on how to talk about climate change to their patients, clients, colleagues or the media – all audiences which would benefit greatly from their expertise and perspective.

Health professionals’ self-assessed knowledge about climate change is low, although their willingness to learn more is high. This project will capitalise on this opportunity, by working with health professionals and groups, to build their knowledge and capacity to respond to and effectively communicate the health impacts of climate change. 

This project aims to build capacity within the healthcare sector to understand and communicate the challenge and the opportunity that climate change presents for individual and public health. 

How to talk about
climate change


We've created a guide to effectively communicate the health impacts of climate change—and the health benefits of climate action—to your patients, clients and colleagues.

Learn how to talk
to the media


    Health professionals are the best communicators of the health effects of climate change. We run monthly media training sessions for those who are new to media. 

10 ways you can act on climate change


Ten actions you can take in your personal life, your professional life and in your community. Taking action often counteracts the anxiety which accompanies climate change.

Learn how climate change
affects health


The health effects of climate change are diverse, and affect people differently. Learn about the issue with our
briefing paper.

Register your interest
in doing media


   Submit an EOI to our national register of media spokespeople. We will provide you with the training,
briefing and opportunities you need to make a difference.

Deep dive into
the research


CAHA completed a literature scoping review (unpublished) to gather all available evidence on how health professionals should communicate about climate change.

Further context

RUN is supported by the Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation for two years (2020-2021).

CAHA is working with partner organisations to survey health professionals to understand barriers and gaps that impact their ability to communicate effectively about climate change and health to a range of audiences. We will work with our project partners to develop and distribute communications materials on climate and health and bring health voices to the media to help inform the public and decision-makers. We are deeply grateful to our project partners for their participation:

We also thank our knowledge partners, who provide advice on communications materials, support program evaluation, and share research on climate and health communications to inform the project: