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Extinction Rebellion led rather controversial wide-spread London protests for two weeks leading to a massive disruption to the whole of the capital and raising much-needed awareness for the climate emergency. Interestingly, due to some of the controversial tactics, fear amongst some in our profession about taking part and the impact it may have on their job. I certainly have been approached from the others asking for advice on whether or not to take part due to fear the GMC look unkindly on them. Furthermore, in light of a growing rift between public opinion on doctors and their pay, could joining what some call a " white middle-class problem" further that divide?
On a separate issue, calls for stronger policies promising a cleaner environment are great but do we need to start looking at more practical ways of dealing with climate change health threats? With the recent news that air pollution leads to increased hospitalization of asthma, stroke and myocardial infarction, is it time we started looking at ways we could prepare hour hospitals for peaks in pollution?
Rising pollution levels will continue to harm people's health. We have to think about the role each of us as individuals and professionals will play in bringing about change. Practically, perhaps it's time to view peaks of pollution as we do the winter pressures, and strategical plan for them.