Consensus? Or Conspiracy? 82 Medical Groups Call Climate Change A “Health Emergency”

“Health risks in the future are dire,” according to a climate change resolution recently adopted by the American Medical Association and dozens more medical organizations.

Medical organizations declare climate change a “health emergency”

The Rising – Just in time for the Democratic presidential debates, over 70 medical and public health groups last week implored politicians to act upon climate change.

Going one step further, these organizations declared climate change “the greatest public health challenge of the 21st century.”

This urgent call to action detailed several actions these organizations believe are necessary to warrant meaningful change.

For instance, some policy recommendations included strengthening U.S. commitment under the Paris Agreement and significantly reducing fossil fuel reliance. Further, some organizations believe shifting towards more eco-friendly modes of transportation is essential.

Organizations Endorse Climate Change Agenda

Leading health organizations, including the American Medical Association and the American Heart Association, endorsed the new climate change agenda.

The organizations wrote in their statement, “The health, safety, and well-being of millions of people in the U.S. have already been harmed by human-caused climate change, and health risks in the future are dire without urgent action to fight climate change.”

Climate change, the groups said, is culpable for exacerbated cases of extreme heat, droughts, and perilous storms, floods, and wildfires, which have led to hundreds and thousands of deaths and displaced citizens after their homes were devastated.

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Call for organizational endorsement

ClimateHealthAction.org – U.S. CALL TO ACTION ON CLIMATE, HEALTH, AND EQUITY: A POLICY ACTION AGENDA

Climate change is one of the greatest threats to health America has ever faced—it is a true public health emergency. The health, safety and wellbeing of millions of people in the U.S. have already been harmed by
human-caused climate change, and health risks in the future are dire without urgent action to fight climate change.

As former Surgeon Generals Richard Carmona and David Satcher said: “We’re all at risk and our leaders must lead on global warming. Now.” But the health crisis caused by climate change also presents a major health opportunity.

Building healthy energy, transportation, land use, and agriculture systems now will deliver immediate and sustained health benefits to all and reduce future health risks from climate change.
Our organizations represent physicians, nurses, health and public health professionals and health workers, hospitals and health care systems, health education institutions, and public, environmental, mental, and
community-based health agencies and organizations. We have dedicated our lives to improving the health of our patients and communities.

Therefore, we call on government, business, and civil society leaders, elected officials, and candidates for office to recognize climate change as a health emergency and to work across government
agencies and with communities and businesses to prioritize action on this Climate, Health and Equity Policy Action Agenda.

Climate change is the “greatest public health challenge of the 21st century.” Extreme heat, powerful storms and floods, year-round wildfires, droughts, and other climate-related events have already caused
thousands of deaths and displaced tens of thousands of people in the U.S. from their homes, with significant personal loss and mental health impacts especially for first responders and children …

The undersigned organizations call on government, business, and civil society leaders, elected officials, and candidates for office to recognize climate change as a health emergency and to work across government agencies and with communities and businesses to prioritize action on this Climate, Health and Equity Policy Action Agenda.

  • Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine
  • Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Association of Community Psychiatrists
  • American College of Emergency Physicians, California chapter
  • American College of Lifestyle Medicine
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Heart Association
  • American Lung Association
  • American Medical Association
  • American Medical Women’s Association
  • American Public Health Association
  • Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health
  • Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative
  • Berkeley Media Studies Group
  • Boonshoft School of Medicine Wright State University
  • California Conference of Local Health Officers
  • California Environmental Health Association
  • California Public Health Association-North
  • California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health
  • Center for Climate Change and Health
  • Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility, University of Minnesota
  • ChangeLab Solutions
  • Citizens Climate Health Team
  • Climate 911
  • Climate for Health, ecoAmerica
  • Climate Psychiatry Alliance
  • Colorado Public Health Association
  • Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Florida Clinicians for Climate Action
  • Florida State Medical Association
  • George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication
  • Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Health Care Climate Council
  • Health Care Without Harm
  • Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate, MN
  • Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate, MT
  • Human Impact Partners
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC)
  • Maine Public Health Association
  • Medical Advocates for Healthy Air
  • Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health
  • MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Migrant Clinicians Network
  • Multnomah County Health Department
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • National Environmental Health Association
  • National Medical Association
  • New York State Public Health Association
  • Ohio Clinicians for Climate Action
  • Oklahoma Public Health Association
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility – Arizona
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility – Colorado Working Group
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility – Florida
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility – Maine
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility – New Mexico
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility – Tennessee
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility – Wisconsin
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility -San Francisco Bay Area
  • Prevention Institute
  • Public Health – Seattle & King County
  • Public Health Advocates
  • Public Health Alliance of Southern California
  • Public Health Institute
  • Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP)
  • Rutgers Global Health Institute
  • San Mateo County Health
  • Student Section of the Maryland Public Health Association
  • Temple University College of Public Health
  • Texas Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • University of Colorado Consortium on Climate & Health
  • University of Maryland School of Public Health
  • Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment
  • Vermont Climate and Health Alliance
  • Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action
  • Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Western North Carolina Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Wisconsin Environmental Health Network