European doctors are calling for urgent action to tackle climate change and say greater leadership is needed to tackle the challenges posed by increased heat stress.
The call to action follows the publication of a new report in the Lancet, which shows emissions, climate change and rising temperatures are already exposing people everywhere to an unacceptably high health risk.
The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) and the Lancet Countdown have published a briefing for EU Policymakers focusing on the link between health and climate change.
It sets out seven key messages and recommendations, including the development of national action plans for climate, health and wellbeing by EU Member States, the inclusion of climate change and health in the medical curriculum and pro-active communication by health bodies on links between climate change and health.
Dr Hélène Rossinot, lead author of the briefing said: “The trends in climate change impacts, exposures and vulnerabilities are an unacceptably high risk for the current and future generations. As a doctor, I am worried about the increasing numbers of patients that will soon have to be treated for climate-related illnesses. We need to act now so that future generations don’t have to pay the bill of our carelessness.”