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Climate Change House Call
Wendy Ring, MD
July 24, 2012
Long-time PSR member Dr. Wendy Ring has embarked on a cross-country bike tour across the northern states to raise awareness about the need for action on climate change. She sent this blog from eastern Oregon. She will be in Vermont September 14 and Maine September 19. For more information on connecting with Wendy's bike tour, contact Mary Dillon Kerwin firstname.lastname@example.org or Sue Brinton email@example.com. Follow Dr. Ring's progress here.
July 22, 2012, Oregon: "This bike tour is my action in response to recent findings by climate communication studies that show that education about health consequences is one of the most effective ways to get people to care about climate change. Doctors have an important role to play in our current atmosphere of distrust of science. Patients still trust us, so we are in an ideal position to be "science interpreters" for our communities.
Some health professional organizations have asked us to talk to our patients about climate change. Unfortunately, it is not always practical to integrate climate discussion into the already strained parameters of patient care. So I am taking the time to do what I think of as a three-month national rolling house call to talk about the health dangers of climate change and the health benefits of lowering our CO2 emissions.
I have a slideshow prepared and hope to encourage other doctors to join me or to make climate house calls of their own. I would be delighted to have other doctors join me along the way and to give copies of the slideshow so that others can use it. PSR members can help by organizing speaking events along the way either as house parties, or at their place of work, church, local bike shop, coffee shop, or other venues."