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Letters Lesson from schoolchildren’s activism

Climate change: the greatest public health threat of the century

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 03 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2371
  1. Jeremy Wight, retired public health physician and chair of sustainable development special interest group,
  2. John Middleton, president
  1. 1Faculty of Public Health, London NW1 4LB, UK
  1. jeremywight73{at}

Stott and colleagues’ editorial is as timely as the Extinction Rebellion protests and Greta Thunberg’s blunt warnings.1 Climate change together with ecosystem damage and biodiversity loss are by far the greatest public health threats of the century, not just globally, but to the United Kingdom.

Public health professionals have a responsibility to recognise, warn about, and help society to deal with threats to …

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