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Dr Janice Kirsch – "CLIMATE EMERGENCY 101" – a 350 Bay Area Speakers Bureau Training VIdeo

Climate change is the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century.

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World Health Organization calls for urgent action to protect health from climate change

Health professionals have a duty of care to current and future generations. You are on the front line in protecting people from climate impacts – from more heat-waves and other extreme weather events; from outbreaks of infectious diseases such as malaria, dengue and cholera; from the effects of malnutrition; as well as treating people that are affected by cancer, respiratory, cardiovascular and other non-communicable diseases caused by environmental pollution.
“The evidence is overwhelming: climate change endangers human health. Solutions exist and we need to act decisively to change this trajectory.”
Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General


The UK Health Alliance on Climate Change
The UK Health Alliance on Climate Change brings together the voices of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals within the UK to advocate for action to combat and prevent climate change, emphasising the substantial co benefits to health of tackling climate change in a fair and equitable way. The founding members of the Alliance include a range of royal medical and nursing colleges, the Royal Society of Medicine, the British Medical Association, The Lancet, and The BMJ. They are coming together to communicate the relationship between health and climate change to government and the health profession.


Australian Medical Association
The AMA has joined other health organisations around the world – including the American Medical Association, the British Medical Association, and Doctors for the Environment Australia – in recognising climate change as a health emergency.
AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that the evidence is in on climate change – and it is irrefutable.
“The AMA accepts the scientific evidence on climate change and its impact on human health and human wellbeing,” Dr Bartone said.
“The scientific reality is that climate change affects health and wellbeing by increasing the situations in which infectious diseases can be transmitted, and through more extreme weather events, particularly heatwaves.
“Climate change will cause higher mortality and morbidity from heat stress.
“Climate change will cause injury and mortality from increasingly severe weather events.
“Climate change will cause increases in the transmission of vector-borne diseases.
“Climate change will cause food insecurity resulting from declines in agricultural outputs.
“Climate change will cause a higher incidence of mental ill-health.
“These effects are already being observed internationally and in Australia. There is no doubt that climate change is a health emergency.
“The AMA is proud to join the international and local chorus of voices urging action to address climate change on health grounds,” Dr Bartone said.


Climate Change — A Health Emergency
New England Journal of Medicine
As physicians, we have a special responsibility to safeguard health and alleviate suffering. Working to rapidly curtail greenhouse gas emissions is now essential to our healing mission. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that we need to cut global greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 and entirely by 2040 to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change.1 Yet these emissions hit a record high in 2018. Rapid but equitable changes in energy, transportation, and other economic sectors are needed if we are even to begin to meet the requisite emissions-reduction targets. Tackling this challenge may feel overwhelming, but physicians are well placed and, we believe, morally bound to take a lead role in confronting climate change with the urgency that it demands.

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