At Plymouth University, the Sustainability, Society and Health Research Group have introduced scenarios to teach nurses and healthcare students about climate change and sustainability. For example nursing and design students work together to tackle issues of sustainability in the health sector. They participate in interdisciplinary, sustainability scenario sessions with the design students observing their nursing counterparts as they conduct clinical procedures as part of their skills training.
This article explores how the global population is ageing at a time when climate variability is increasing. It advocates the development of ‘climate gerontology’ to minimise the negative impact of environmental change on older people. Climate gerontology can examine the unique challenges and needs of older people in coping with extreme weather events. It can contribute to our understanding of the everyday challenges of growing old in a changing climate and how we can achieve the ‘longevity dividend’.
Over recent years, there has been a growing acknowledgement of the importance of nature for human health and wellbeing. Research has shown that separation from nature is implicated in declining physical, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing. A special issue on ‘Health Benefits of Nature’ has been published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.