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Climate Change House Call

Posted by Wendy Ring, MD on 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 mkerwin@psr.org or Sue Brinton sbrinton@sbcglobal.net. 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." 

Comments

Connie Zweig said ..

I just heard your presentation to Citizens Climate Lobby -- bravo! Please get in touch with Al Gore's Climate Reality Project -- they have nothing on health impacts. You can have a large audience there of people who are speaking out around the world.

November 16, 2012
Richard K Jennings M D said ..

I will attend and do appreciate what you are doing. I so hope your effort can move Maine Medical Association to do more in education. (I tried, and had no success...).

September 17, 2012
Johanna Meara said ..

My heartfelt thanks to you and your husband for this courageous commitment. As a former secondary teacher who taught about global warming throughout the 1980's (and I hope some of my former students remember)I commend you in your efforts to educate as many of our citizens as possible about climate change and all its attendant problems, particularly health problems which too many Americans seem to fail to grasp. May your voice be heard loud and clear--and taken to heart!

August 24, 2012
Nicole Maschke said ..

In 1968. I was dying as a result of a severe situation of scoliosis. The doctors literally saved my life when, according to the medical record, there was no medical reason for my survival. In 2010, the doctors of this nation came together and did everything they could to save my darling wife who was dying of liver cancer. There are no amount of words I could ever write to express my gratitude for everything the brave doctors did to try to save her life. Whenever it is that God calls me home, the first thing I'm going to do is make sure God knows what a wonderful great service and a supreme honor you did and gave to me by trying your best to save the life of my darling wife. My dying breath. I shall always be great for everything you've done for me and that you did for her. Thank you.

August 23, 2012
Alice Dugar said ..

Thanks, Wendy! Keep pedaling for our Earth... we need your voice, spirit and amazing feat(feet too)!

August 22, 2012
Dawn Ellison said ..

Best to the both of you! Enjoy our beautiful supportive state. You will be amazed when you see the bluffs of the Mississippi!

August 15, 2012
Marian Feinberg said ..

Wow! Just found this on PSR website. Are you coming all the way east? Would love to see you and would try to set up event for you if I knew when you are coming. Love,

August 4, 2012
Donna Landon said ..

Hi Wendy, I just learned tonight that you were in Baker City, OR during our annual Miners Jubilee. If I'd known you were here, I would love to have seen you. I live here in Baker. I would love to encourage you to come back and visit for a longer time, and hopefully think about living here in the future. Not only because I think the folks here know relatively little about climate change, but also because our town of about 10,000 does not have a single female physician, except for one woman surgeon. We badly need female doctors here. I am familiar with Eureka CA where I understand you will be practicing later, and it's a nice town. Anyway, I hope you think about it and perhaps visit again when your tour is over. And thanks for doing what you are doing. You are very courageous and inspiring. Have a great trip!

July 25, 2012

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