Climate change is not only the biggest global health threat this century, it has also become the most urgent health threat. The impacts of climate change at 1°C rise of global warming are already apparent. Weather extremes have resulted in record-breaking fires, floods, storms, heat waves and droughts. Our children are at the greatest risk from climate change-- their bodies and minds are less able to cope with extreme weather and they also stand to lose most in terms of life years lost.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report (IPCC 2018) highlights that the pledges committed by 197 governments at the Paris Agreement in 2015 to curtail greenhouse gas (carbon) emissions are proving to be inadequate, as the latest research shows that they will deliver a 3°C increase in average global temperatures by the end of the century.
Such a temperature rise would have dire consequences for the future of humanity, and it's our children and their children who will bear the brunt of this planetary devastation.
Doctors traditionally have been strong advocates for good public health policies that protect and promote the health of our patients and communities. Doctors have successfully called for action on sanitation, clean drinking water, HIV/AIDs, tobacco, asbestos, care of refugees, vaccinations, seatbelts, and on many other risks to health.
Now we must demand strong action on climate change.
DEA will soon be launching a campaign to ensure our children will grow up in a safe, habitable world now and into the future.
Can we count on you to support us?
For more information, contact the campaign coordinator Dr Ingo Weber
All medical students and doctors are urged to become a member of DEA.
You can also assist our work with a tax deductible gift which will be gratefully received.
No Time for Games: Children's Health and Climate Change
Climate change and health fact sheet