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Heat Advisory: Protecting Health on a Warming Planet
by Dr. Alan Lockwood

Drawing on peer-reviewed scientific and medical research, Dr. Lockwood meticulously details the symptoms of climate change and their medical side effects.

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Why We Care About Climate Change

In this new video premiered at the 2017 WPSR Annual Dinner, WPSR members share what drives their passion for climate change and health. 

We all have different reasons for caring about climate change. Below, find out what fuels some of our members' advocacy. Click on each person's name to access their full story.

Mary Margaret ThomasMary Margaret Thomas, RN, MSN, NC-BC--"Much like the human body, our planet and its ecosystems are constantly adapting every moment of every day to maintain homeostasis--but it, too, has its limits. The importance of climate change is bigger than political factions and individual agendas. It will not wait while we are paralyzed with fear or indecision."

Michael SomanMichael Soman, MD, MPH--"I was deeply struck that there was a blindingly bright connection between what I took care of every day in my practice--related to prevention and management of acute and chronic illness and pursuit of wellness--with the concepts of prevention and healing of both acute and chronic insults to our environment and our planet."

Louis VontverLou Vontver, MD, MEd; retired OB/GYN--"I was most interested in the projected population of the world (10 billion people by year 2030), and concerned about the forces that decreased environmental resources needed to sustain that number, such as loss of land due to erosion, building roads and cities, desertification, loss of forests, water shortages, ozone depletion, increased atmospheric CO2, and the need for energy."

David MasudaDavid Masuda, MD, MS--"As care providers, we have a special opportunity and a singular responsibility to speak out. It's becoming increasingly clear that climate change represents the single largest public health challenge we face in the coming decades. For me, it's no longer an option to be disengaged. And this is where I begin: starting the conversation."

Larry FreemanLarry Freeman, MD; psychiatrist and child psychiatrist--"I believe the unique perspective stemming from our role as physicians creates for us a platform for speaking to the concerns regarding climate change more from a moral, ethical, and constructive perspective than would be true for other entities. Our only agenda is to advocate for health and the interconnectedness of all living beings, including Earth herself."

Mark VosslerMark Vossler, MD; cardiologist--"I view my role in the movement as speaking truth to power, educating those in positions to make real change about the health risks of climate change and convincing them to take necessary action."

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