ccording to the World Health Organization, “climate change is the single biggest health threat facing humanity” and “climate-sensitive health risks are disproportionately felt by the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.” We are working with like-minded partners to advance solutions for climate change and health equity.
This is aligned with Johnson & Johnson’s Our Race to Health Equity, an enterprise-wide initiative launched in 2020 to help eradicate racial and social injustice as a public health threat by eliminating health inequities for people of color
Research shows that both direct and indirect impacts of climate change are affecting mental health. At the same time, exposures to nature and a healthy environment can reduce stress and improve feelings of well-being. We are investing in programs and working with partners to examine the impacts of environmental factors on mental well-being as well as the healing and health potential of spending time in nature.
The world's forests offer many critical ecosystem services - they provide us with oxygen, food and medicine. They also sustain ecosystem services such as water purification, and mitigation of natural hazards like droughts, floods and landslides. But according to researchers, deforestation is exacerbating both climate change and the emergence of new infectious diseases. We are working with and supporting partners on efforts to better understand the connections between changes in land use and human health outcomes. This has included numerous forest conservation and research projects led by World Wildlife Fund (WWF). With Johnson & Johnson’s support, in 2022 WWF released The Vitality of Forests, a report synthesizing a mounting body of evidence that documents how human health depends on forests.