Climate and health

Our vision is a world in which global heating does not harm health in the communities it affects most.

Why we're taking on climate and health 

No part of the world is immune from the harmful effects of climate change on health.

Unless action is taken now, global temperatures are set to rise 1.5 degrees by 2034. This will lead to glaciers melting, sea levels rising, rainforests dying and extreme weather events intensifying, including tropical storms, floods and droughts.

Each of these climate impacts has specific and serious consequences for human health. Millions of lives and livelihoods will be lost.

Despite this, there is a chronic underinvestment in the field of climate change and health.

Working in partnership with the communities most affected, Wellcome will support research and science-based solutions for taking on this urgent health challenge.

We must work to shine a light to a sustainable future, where our health, and that of the planet, is no longer at risk from our actions or inaction on climate.

Madeleine Thomson, Interim Head, Our Planet, Our Health, Wellcome

What we're doing 

We're currently in the process of developing focused goals for our strategy for climate and health, and we'll publish more information about this soon. 

We're grateful for guidance and challenge from a small group of expert external advisers who are supporting us in our strategy development: Andy Haines, Hala Audi and Tolullah Oni.

Wellcome also funds discovery research into a broad range of disciplines, including infectious disease, population health and genomics. Insights and tools from this research will contribute to solving this health challenge, as well as increasing broader understanding of life, health and wellbeing.

What we've done so far  

Since 2015, we've supported a global community of researchers who are taking on the challenges that food systems, increasing urbanisation and climate change pose to our health. We’ve gained many valuable insights that will help to inform our future climate and health work.  

Find out more about the Our Planet, Our Health programme, and the grants we awarded.

Looking for research funding?

Find out what opportunities we have available for discovery research .

Latest report 

Lancet Countdown 2020

How is the world’s changing climate impacting our health? The Lancet Countdown tracks global progress on climate change.

Latest news and opinion 

The Our Planet, Our Health team 

  • Madeleine Thomson, Interim Head  
  • Modi Mwatsama, Senior Science Lead 
  • Jose Siri, Senior Science Lead 

See everyone who's in the Our Planet, Our Health team .