Science for a healthy, just, and more sustainable world

Climate change is caused by humans, it’s happening now and it’s harming our health—especially for our kids, elderly, and vulnerable communities.

To prevent future pandemics and the crises caused by pollution, we need forward-looking science that both anticipates problems and offers solutions. For over 25 years, The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard Chan C-CHANGE) has translated innovative research from faculty and students across Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to help decision-makers understand the health consequences of our addiction to fossil fuels and shape the policies that help us lead more just, sustainable, and healthier lives.

Led by Dr. Aaron Bernstein, we equip changemakers with the evidence and tools they need to act now to protect our health. From our landmark study on how coal impacts health at every stage of its life cycle, to our research measuring health benefits of climate policies, to our HarvardX course that has reached over 144k students in more than 100 countries around the world, we have brought our work into the halls of Congress, newsrooms, hospitals, and kitchens around the country.

Climate change is impacting everyone’s health right now. It targets our children, elderly, and vulnerable communities worst and first. They are more susceptible to the impacts of pollution and our communities of color, low-income neighborhoods, and the homeless are at even greater risk.

We already have solutions available—we are just not implementing them at the pace needed to address its causes and impacts.

By making climate change personal, highlighting solutions, and emphasizing the important role we all play in driving change, Harvard Chan C-CHANGE puts health outcomes at the center of climate actions.