This practice is delighted to be signed up to the Green Impact for Health Toolkit and is actively taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint.
The climate emergency is also a health emergency, and health care in the UK contributes 4-5% of the UK’s carbon emissions. We need to enhance the health of today’s population without compromising the health of future generations, and this means operating within the sustainable boundaries of the planet. Fortunately, most of the solutions for the planet also make our health better – for example eating a mainly plant-based diet, engaging in active travel and exercise in nature, avoiding smoking, reducing pollution etc. These all enhance our health and reduce our need for medications, with further benefits to the NHS, your health and the carbon footprint of healthcare.
Take a look at www.greenerpractice.co.uk to learn more about this.
Current Projects at YMG
- We encourage all our staff who can to cycle to work and we also offer a cycle to work scheme,
- We have introduced notices across all sites to remind staff to switch off lights
- All our surgeries offer staff the opportunity to recycle
- We introduced plumbed in water coolers to help remove plastic cups and plastic water bottles