Human health is greatly threatened by climate change and its effects on every aspect of our lives, from housing, to the economy, to transportation. Globally, our failure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will have profound effects on human health and the environment, and will exacerbate current social and economic inequalities.
“Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century.” – Lancet Commission on Global Health.
As all physicians know, a patient’s compliance with a full treatment plan is essential to their recovery. Not taking a full course of medicine, stopping therapies half way through, or ignoring portions of a recovery plan are not pathways to health. In this same way, we know that continuing to burn the greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels that are the primary cause of climate change is not a pathway to protecting human health and the environment.
Bold and courageous action is needed to create a new economy that ends our dependence on fossil fuels and bolsters clean energy production. As the health voice on the environment, we believe that we need to rapidly deploy clean and renewable energies, invest in strengthening our transportation infrastructure, and leave fossil fuels in the ground.