Doctors urged to take up challenge of climate change

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 07 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:298

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  1. Lesley Morrison
  1. 1London

    Doctors and scientists told fellow professionals last week that they had an important role to play in raising the matter of climate change, both by setting an example and by advocacy.

    Hugh Montgomery, director of the Institute for Human Health and Performance at University College London, exhorted doctors to speak up about the matter locally and internationally; to set an example by reducing their own carbon footprints; and to collaborate with other doctors through professional networks.

    He was speaking at a conference on climate change that he had organised at the Royal College of Physicians. “Our actions have never been more important,” he said.

    Fiona Godlee, editor of the BMJ, also insisted that doctors had an important role to play …

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