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Earth Day in the White House
Peter Wilk, MD
April 22, 2010
Today, PSR has been invited to the White House to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Earth Day. We are pleased and honored that PSR’s health message has been recognized by President Obama as an important voice in the environmental movement. PSR’s President, Jeff Patterson, is on his way to the White House as I write, carrying the message that, as doctors, healthcare professionals, and concerned citizens, we must prevent what we cannot cure.
Climate change is one of those threats. With our per capital carbon dioxide emissions exceeding those of every other nation on earth, the U.S. plays a special role in causing what could be the most catastrophic public health disaster humanity has ever faced. We need to play just as strong a role in making sure that disaster doesn’t happen.
Our effective response to the health threats of climate change hinges on moving beyond dirty energy to clean, safe alternative sources. If we do that, we will reap enormous benefits for our nation and our world.
As Congress prepares to release a new climate bill in the coming days, we are gearing up to mobilize our 50,000 members and activists to ensure that our nation’s response to this public health crisis is strong, sound, and health-protective. President Obama will hear that message today from PSR’s Jeff Patterson. Next week, during our Day of Action, PSR doctors and members across the country will tell their elected officials about the importance of strong climate legislation.
The need for PSR’s message has never been stronger. On this Earth Day, we are ready to meet the challenge. Won’t you join us?