September's mass mobilizations were just the beginning of a new era of climate action. You can continue to take action in your work place to spread the word about the health impacts of climate change.
Spread the Word
Climate change will have major negative impacts on human health, but many health professionals have yet to see this connection. Raise awareness and inform your peers by sharing these 2 short op-eds, either by email or by printing them and posting them on a bulletin board:
- Youth climate strike: 'a diagnosis being made en masse,' says ER doc
- School-children’s activism is a lesson for health professionals
Sign and Share the Medical Excuse Note
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.
Organize a teach-in
If there is a standing meeting, rounds, a shared lunch time, or an educational session in your work place, focus on climate change during the week of September 20th - 27th.
Show one of these videos (each is approximately 15 minutes):
- TEDex - Climate change is affecting our health. Is there a cure?
- TEDex - Healthy Planet, Healthy People
Create a presentation using one of these slide decks from the University of Minnesota
- Introduction and Resources
- Air Pollution
- Severe Weather
- Extreme Heat
- Increasing Allergens
- Changes in Vector Ecology
- Water Quality Impacts
- Environmental Degradation
- Water and Food Supply
Hold an action in your workplace
A workplace action could involve you and your colleagues holding a short event at work in solidarity with climate strikers, with signs explaining the connections between health and climate change, and posting pictures on social media with the hashtags #ClimateStrike and #Health4Climate.