The 2015 Climate and Health Summit
was notable in that it was the first Summit -- and the first Conference of Parties -- where the many public health crises being caused by climate change were given attention by doctors and health professionals from around the world. The COP21 conference featured the highest attendance by doctors since the the meetings were first organized, and more notably featured the inclusion of health professionals on national negotiating teams.
But across town, attendees at the Climate and Health Summit heard presentations from public health officials and politicians alike on the effects climate change was having on the health of populations they are responsible for. Discussion on climate justice, clean energy, and rising temperatures highlighted the risk of damaged food supplies, loss of access to clean air and water, and rising disease rates.