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The new administration arrived in Washington and is shaking things up in every way it can. PSR is carefully analyzing what the cabinet appointments could mean for our health-protective regulations and our futures. The Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, Waters of the U.S., the Clean Power Plan are in the crosshairs, as is the Paris Climate Accord.

We continue our groundbreaking work on the Humanitarian Impact Initiative, which brought a consensus among the majority of countries of the world, declaring that there's no place on Earth for nuclear weapons. In March, the U.N. will negotiate a ban treaty thanks to the work IPPNW, ICAN and PSR started. 

Ask us about our speaker training programs and how you can get involved. The New Leadership Challenge is, after all, about growing new leaders.

We began the campaign in November and have recently passed the 2/3 mark in our fundraising goal of $1 million.   Heartfelt thanks to all who've give extra gifts to make our work possible.

Would you like to weigh in on the challenge? Write to us here and include a photo of yourself.

PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY welcomes two new leaders to guide our organization and to protect our health:

Incoming Executive Director Jeff Carter, JD

"After the results of the last election, I feel more passionate than ever about the need for PSR to provide the medical voice in opposition to the threats posed by the incoming administration to our most critical public health and safety protections. The PSR community is both knowledgeable and effective, and with sufficient resources to carry our message, we will win: the science is on our side. I'm looking forward to nurturing a new generation of PSR leaders to help lead this fight."

Maureen McCue, MD and Incoming Board President John Rachow, MD

"NASA scientists assert greater than 95% certainty 2016 was the hottest year on record for the 3rd consecutive year. Global and U.S. inequality are greater than ever. Relations with and between nuclear armed nations deteriorating. This state of the world is not consistent with a livable future. Urgent: time to turn this ship of dangers around now. Join & Support PSR, and get to work."

We also thank the following supporters:

David Drake, DO, Iowa

"Our leadership and financial support is needed now more than ever to
support work to prevent nuclear war and further climate change."

Valory Wangler, MD, New Mexico

"Now than ever, PSR's work is so critical. I believe the new leadership in the White House promises huge threats to the environment and human health – and way more uncertainty about the threat of nuclear war. Fortunately, PSR has new leaders of our own to stand up and broadcast the health threats of nuclear weapons and climate change. As an early-career physician, I recently joined the PSR board believing this is where I can make the biggest difference on the issues that keep me up at night."

Lynn Ringenberg, MD, Florida

"PSR's unique medical voice is critical during these uncertain times when we must double our efforts to leave a safer, healthier and more peaceful world to our children and grandchildren. My donations bring some comfort to me in knowing that I'm playing an important part in this collective effort."

Lewis and Jeannette Patrie, North Carolina

"For decades, we have been PSR supporters who consider that the survival of humans on earth is in jeopardy. We must strive to help the masses understand that climate change and increasing dangers of nuclear war must be successfully controlled to increase chances for human survival."

Alan S Peterson MD, Pennsylvania

Dr. Peterson offers this quote from the New York Times:

"The heat accumulating in the earth because of human emissions is roughly equal to the heat that would be released by 400,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs exploding across the planet every day."

Christine Herrmann, Washington, DC

"I'm going up to the Hill to talk with any member of Congress who will listen to me, and some who might not. There's too much at stake to sit still."

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