Chapter 7: Can salutogenesis contribute to prepare cities for climate change?
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Salutogenesis, concerned with "the origins of health", has increasingly gained acceptance as a guiding theory for health promotion. It promotes population health demands to create supportive settings and increase people's capability to cope with challenges by addressing the social determinants of health. Cities are important settings both for promoting health and tackling climate change. Accordingly, the World Health Organisation's healthy city network emphasizes the importance of climate-friendly, sustainable solutions. This interconnectedness of desirable outcomes is also illustrated in the sustainable development goals, which are described as interconnected and include "climate action" and "good health and well-being" (UN, 2020). This chapter explores whether - and how- Salutogenesis can contribute to outline approaches that help cities to tackle climate change in a health-protecting and (hopefully) health-promoting way.

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