- Experts call on physicians to use their ‘trusted’ positions to change attitudes
- It comes ahead of UK hosting Glasgow climate heat in November
- More than a quarter of Britons are concerned about climate change, survey suggests
Experts have said that doctors and nurses should tell their patients to fight climate change.
Writing in the Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health, he said that physicians should use their ‘trusted’ position in society to help people care for the planet.
Academics write that health professionals can be ‘effective messengers’ and help encourage more people to fight climate change.
The recommendation, by three Australian scientists, comes ahead of the UK hosting the Crunch UN Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow in November.
The conference, which will be attended by Her Majesty, Greta Thunberg and several world leaders, will urge countries to do more to limit greenhouse gas emissions.
Boris Johnson has already planned to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by the end of this decade, in an effort to reach ‘net-zero’ by 2050.
Other plans to fight climate change include banning the installation of gas boilers from 2025 and a commitment to increase offshore wind plants.
This comes after a ‘Doomsday’ published last month, dubbed ‘Code Red for Humanity’, warned that the planet would warm by 1.5C by 2040, a decade ahead of estimates.
Writing in the Journal of Pediatrics and Child Healthy, he said that physicians must find their ‘trusted’ position in society in order for people to care for the planet (stock).
The researchers behind the new recommendation, from the University of New South Wales, write in their paper: ‘Research suggests you are more likely to agree to climate change now affecting us and today with extreme weather events and See the relationship between climate change. You are more concerned about climate change and you are more open to advocacy and action on the issue.
‘As credible messengers, medical and health professionals can be effective communicators for those who are concerned about the climate but may not yet see it as an immediate priority for governments.’
Pointing to the papers, he said that while people became more concerned about Kovid, the concern over climate change had not subsided.
Dr Lai Heung Phung, co-author of the paper, said: ‘As recently highlighted by bushfires, heat waves and extreme weather events in Australia and internationally, the immediate threats to the health of communities and health care systems are enormous. are more.
‘The situation is urgent. We need to act now before the tipping point is reached and the way we live our lives will change irreversibly.
‘We also need to make sure that the legacy we have left for our children is one where they can thrive.’
This comes after the prime minister yesterday lashed out at the world’s major economic nations as he accused them of “doing nowhere enough” to tackle climate change.
Mr Johnson said he was ‘increasingly disappointed’ at the ‘huge’ gap between promises and actions.
Addressing a roundtable at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, he said “many major economies … are far behind” in reducing harmful emissions.
Explained: UK’s net zero emissions target
The target set by the government in June 2019 would require the UK to bring down all greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.
Former Prime Minister Theresa May announced the target, saying the plans are ambitious but important to protect the planet for future generations.
The move will require major changes such as more renewable electricity generation, the phasing out of new petrol and diesel cars by at least 2035, and 20 percent reductions in beef and lamb consumption.
Chris Skidmore, Minister of Energy and Clean Development at the time, said: ‘The UK ushered in the Industrial Revolution, which was responsible for economic growth around the world, but also for increased emissions.
‘We are leading the world in becoming the first major economy to pass new legislation to reduce emissions to zero by 2050, while committed to growing the economy – placing clean growth at the heart of our modern industrial strategy. ‘
Net zero means that any emissions will be balanced by plans to offset an equal amount of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, such as planting trees or using technology such as carbon capture and storage.