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Ex-GP climate activist says her new role is as important as being a doctor

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 28 September 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3768
  1. Jacqui Thornton
  1. London

A GP turned climate change activist who spent four weeks in prison on remand after being charged with conspiracy to cause criminal damage says that her new calling is no different from medicine, with the shared aim of saving lives.

Diana Warner, 61, who retired in 2019, was released on 22 September from Eastwood Park women’s prison in Falfield, Gloucestershire, after her arrest in August. She is now on bail before her trial next year.

She made the decision to devote her life to climate change, and specifically to change doctors’ conversation around the issue, when she was doing a six week check on a baby shortly after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published its report in October 2018.1 She …

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