British Medical Journal launches call for NHS divestment from fossil fuels!

1 Apr

The fossil fuel divestment movement is truly gathering strength accross the globe. Today the President, Editor-in-Chief, Senior Clinical Lecturer and Director of the British Medical Journal have written an editorial on Climate Change and Human Survival which calls for divestment from fossil fuel companies on the grounds of human health.

So what can health professionals do? Firstly, we should push our own organisations (universities, hospitals, primary care providers, medical societies, drug and device companies) to divest from fossil fuel industries completely and as quickly as possible, reinvest in renewable energy sources, and move to “renewable” energy suppliers. Secondly, we should each use whatever influence we have to change the minds and behaviour of others who are in positions of influence.

Thirdly, we need to build an alliance of medical and other health professionals to speak clearly to the public, the media, governments, and intergovernmental bodies to provide a strong and unified message—that climate change is real and is the result of human activity; that it is already affecting people around the world and is the greatest current threat to human health and survival; and that there are many positive and practical things we can do systematically and at scale to avert its worst effects.

Read more here: http://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.g2351

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