The Carbon Addict project was originally thought up by the Campaign for Greener Healthcare (now the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare) as an educational resource for medical students. The idea was to help them learn about the health gains possible from a sustainable, low carbon lifestyle - and how as doctors they could incorporate this into day-to-day practice.
In Autumn 2008, the Carbon Addict was brought to life with the support of The Climate Connection, a new public health partnership for action and learning on climate change. The syndrome of Carbon Dependence doesn't just make sense to clinicians, but also to the public health community - many of whom are already leading intervention programmes described in the Management pages of this site.
As well as providing (hopefully!) an engaging introduction to the debilitating impact of carbon excess, the Carbon Addict reference library provides a starting point for anyone wishing to read up on the evidence behind it.
The site was opened at the national launch of The Climate Connection on 2 December 2008. We hope this will prove just the beginning of a growing resource, as more and more people learn to think of health and environment in one thought, and contribute ideas, jokes and latest research to the "Scientific Debate".