Doctors urged to prompt action on climate change

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 10 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:794
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

    Doctors have been urged to use their powers of influence and advocacy in the fight to tackle climate change.

    At a meeting on climate change and health to mark World Health Day speakers compared the fight against climate change with other public health campaigns on alcohol, obesity, and especially smoking.

    Ian Gilmore, president of the Royal College of Physicians, said, “In 1962 we called for a ban on smoking in public places—it took 45 years to achieve that. I have a feeling we haven’t got 45 years to spare for tackling climate change.”

    Mike Gill, co-chair of the …

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