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. 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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Climate change is the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century.
The UK Health Alliance on Climate Change
Australian Medical Association
New England Journal of Medicine
World Map of Extinction Rebellion Groups: https://umap.openstreetmap.fr/fr/map/xr-international-branches_324464#2/29.7/-27.4