Mission, Vision, and Values

Related to the Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health


To lead nurses and other health care professionals in responding to the impact of climate change, climate justice, and health through education, research and advocacy.


To reduce the global impact of climate change on health through education, research and advocacy.

Core Values

At MGH Institute of Health Professions School of Nursing, our climate change efforts are guided and informed by our beliefs about and commitments to the health of global communities, an emphasis on climate change and health, and a commitment to climate justice. These values are:

Climate Justice 

We are committed to embracing the concept of climate justice in engaging nurses in climate change initiatives. Those who contribute the least to climate change are the most vulnerable to its impact. 

Health of Individuals, Families, Communities, and Populations 

Climate change is a threat to the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations worldwide. The nursing profession’s efforts related to climate change will address mitigation, adaptation, and resilience in education, practice, and service related to the health effects of climate change.


We are committed to enabling health care professionals to advocate on behalf of the world’s people in addressing the health consequences of climate change.

Safe Drinking Water and Sufficient Healthful Food for All 

We are committed to engaging in efforts to address access to safe drinking water and sufficient healthful food for all, and the negative effects of climate change in reducing availability of safe water and healthful food.

Safe, Clean Environments That Support All Ecosystems 

We are committed to addressing the need for safe, clean environments that support all ecosystems to address planetary health as a key element of the health of the world’s people.