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Rapid response to:

Editor's Choice

What’s your carbon reduction strategy?

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 26 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1272

Rapid Response:

futile gestures ?

If the initiative of the Climate and Health Council
( is successful their most optimistic estimate
is a saving:
'Equivalent to carbon emissions per year of nearly a quarter of a million
Obviously this will be a one off success and only if the effort is
maintained, so at its best we could be postponing the catastrophic climate
change risk to the health of the population by a few days, the time it
takes for this increase in the global population.

I feel that there is only one thing worse than doing nothing about
carbon emissions, which is to delude oneself that something significant is
being done about it.

Dr. Adrian Pierry, MRCGP
2 Marine Parade
CF64 3BE

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

28 March 2009
Adrian A Pierry
GP freelance
CF64 3BE
2 Marine Parade Penarth