Climate change is no longer a debate---it's become a national and global emergency. Our concern should be on multiple threats. Not only will we experience environmental damage that will impact infrastructures and ecosystems such as coasts and bird migration and coral reefs, we we experience significant HEALTH IMPACT. Indeed the academic studies on health impact, based on observed and predicted outcomes are worrisome. Temperature-related illness, vector-borne diseases and air quality impacts are just a few of the predicted outcomes.
It is clear climate change will be a public health issue of epic proportions. Yet, I have observed that physician and healthcare leaders are not necessarily attuned to climate change as a priority when conducting long term strategic planning for their healthcare system. Indeed, as an advisor and coach to physician and executive leaders for for over 20 years, I am dumbstruck by what I observe is relative silence on the topic among healthcare executives.
Not to say physicians are not interested in the climate change or the health impact. Indeed, that is what the Physicians Climate Action Collaborative is all about! Many physicians are deeply engaged in health impact education, mitigation planning and research. Their stories will be highlighted in this forum.
In launching this online climate action learning and leadership resource, my intention is to catalyze even more physician engagement in the topic of climate change mitigation as a public health priority. We need 1000-fold more physicians leading the effort to address the health impact of climate change.
As a not-for-profit initiative, PCAC is focused on catalyzing physician engagement through awareness and communication. In addition posting links to industry reports, this online resource will provide articles and interviews highlighting front line physicians who are leading climate action or helping their communities adapt to the health impacts.
If you are a physician doing your part for climate action, contact us so we can feature your story to share with your colleagues. Would you like to author a blog post? Send me your thoughts