WA State Physicians Resolution on Climate Change and Health
September 16, 2016
Washington State physicians who belong to the state Medication Association are commenting online about a proposed resolution to mitigate climate change and the health impact. Members will vote to adopt the resolution at the early October annual meeting.
The resolution was put forth by physician climate action leader, Mark Vossler, MD, who leads the Kirkland, WA chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby. CCL and Dr. Vossler are also working to pass Initiative 732, the revenue neutral carbon tax on the Washington state ballot in November.
Here is a portion of the resolution:
WHEREAS, an ever increasing number of leading medical voices and organizations have concluded that climate change is the biggest public health threat of the 21st century, and what we face is a true planetary emergency that we must take immediate steps to address; THEREFORE BE IT
RESOLVED, that the WSMA adopt the following position statement, “Climate change is a critical public health issue. The warming planet threatens us all, but our most vulnerable – children, the elderly, the poor, and those with chronic health conditions – are already suffering from and will feel the brunt of health impacts if climate change increases. Working together, we can take steps to lessen those changes and reduce the harm and health impacts on our children, grandchildren and all future generations;” (New HOD Policy) and BE IT FURTHER
RESOLVED, that the WSMA adopt “Supporting policies to lower emissions will also have immediate and significant health co-benefits. We therefore support policies that both reduce pollution and address the causes of climate change and that will create healthier, sustainable communities.” (New HOD Policy)