Former president of RACS and DEA chair calls on surgeons to act on climate change

Former president of RACS and DEA chair calls on surgeons to act on climate change

Credit: Surgical News, March 2015

Climate change has now become a major health issue and delaying action is “grossly irresponsible”, argues the chair of Doctors for the Environment Australia and former president of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Professor Kingsley Faulkner, in this feature story in the March 2015 edition of Surgical News.

Professor Faulkner adds that history will judge our generation very harshly if short term personal, commercial and national self- interest remains the primary motivation for failing to take urgent measures to tackle the looming crisis.

He urges fellow professionals to get behind action on climate change much as they have done with asbestos and tobacco:

“As very responsible and influential members of the community well trained in the scientific method and used to acting decisively from a strong evidence base, individual surgeons and the College should now play more active roles.

We will need to do so in collaboration with the AMA, other medical organisations and individual colleagues in helping to understand and address these problems. I urge you all to make your voices heard.”

To read the full story, please see PDF attachment above right.

DEA thanks Surgical News for permission to republish this article.

http://www.surgeons.org/policies-publications/publications/surgical-news/

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