Physicians Speak Out on Climate Change & Health
Climate change is being heralded as one of the greatest public health threats of the 21st century. It is however, also on of our greatest opportunities for health—and health equity. Health providers are critical and trusted voices in this conversation about health impacts of climate change and solutions, particularly for low income communities and communities of color. That is why PHI’s Center for Climate Change and Health has partnered with the California Medical Association Foundation and the Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) to build capacity and leverage the health provider voice on climate change and health in order to create a world of “healthy people, healthy places, healthy planet.”
As part of the Climate Change Champions Project, The Center provides education and support to physicians to speak up and take action on the health impacts of climate change in their clinical settings, local communities and across the State of California. Physician champions engage in community and professional presentations, media advocacy (including print, radio and television pieces) and legislative advocacy on a wide variety of climate change and health topics.
To date, climate champions have successfully placed a number of news pieces in national and state-level publications, as well as ethnic media outlets:
Climate change: dire effects on kidney health, Philippine News
Oakland rejects coal terminal, sets example on climate change, Sacramento Bee
Climate change is making us sick, San Diego Union Tribune
Unhealthy air, unhealthy lungs, unhealthy communities,
Climate change raises the stakes for affordable health care coverage,
The op-eds are also available here:
- Climate change is making us sick, San Diego Union Tribune
- Oakland rejects coal terminal, sets example on climate change, Sacramento Bee
- Climate change raises the stakes for affordable health care coverage, The Hill
- Unhealthy air, unhealthy lungs, unhealthy communities, India Post
- Climate change: dire effects on kidney health, Philippine News
The Center has also created A Physician’s Guide to Climate Change, Health and Equity as well as a series of Climate and Health Posters. The Guide explains the complex and multifaceted connections between climate change and health, explores disproportionate burdens and the impacts on health equity, and provides opportunities for action. Physicians champions use this resource to work for climate and health solutions through media and policy advocacy, community and professional education presentations and policy resolutions. The posters provide crucial climate and health education to patients and communities in a way that is clear and easy to understand.