Climate Change will impact health for generations to come. On September 20th and 27th, students and supporters all over the world are hitting the streets to call for for bold action to stop climate change.
Health Professionals have a critical role to play in these actions. We are not calling on health professionals to go on strike, particularly those with patient duties. Health workers can support the students by attending the strikes and/or by taking action in their workplaces.
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Even if you can't leave work to attend the climate strikes in person, there is a lot you can do at your workplace to support the striking students. The Global Climate Strikes are an excellent opportunity to educate coworkers about the health impacts of climate change and we've got resources to help you do that.
You could also sign and share this Medical Excuse Note from Health Care Without Harm. The note asks teachers to excuse their students from regularly scheduled school activities for the climate strikes due to the climate-health emergency. The note demonstrates the solidarity of the medical community with the youth strikers while also sending a clear, powerful message to global leaders that we can no longer delay climate action.