October Champion: Mark Mitchell; Updates; Events
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Volume 1 | Issue 14
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October Champion
Mark Mitchell, MD MPH
Dr. Mitchell provides environmental health education to physicians and advocates on behalf of NMA.

Take Action

Action Item:

1. In light of the recent damage to Puerto Rico, Florida, Houston, and California wine country, many want to help but don't know what to do. Turn your feelings of despair into action by writing an op-ed, connecting the dots about how these events are related to climate change and urging your fellow Americans to join you in speaking up for solutions to climate change. 

2. So far in 2017, clinicians have logged 141 actions, including 81 presentations, 28 policy activities (letters, meetings), and 35 media activities (op-eds, blogs, LTE's, media interviews).  Many activities are not yet recorded. [Help log activities by you and your colleagues]
3. Rotary clubs are community services groups that seek to advance world understanding, fellowship, and peace. Many would welcome a talk on climate change and health.  Reach out and ask your local chapter. Slides for this talk may be found here.
  • Dr. Camara Jones, MD PhD, Senior Fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and Cardiovascular Research Institute, has joined the Consortium Advisory Committee. 
  • Drs. Ankush Bansal and Todd Sack participated in the recent World Medical Association meeting in Chicago where the WMA issued a revised policy on climate change
  • Dr. Mark Mitchell is quoted in Earther magazine regarding the impact of the Clean Power Plan termination on communities of color.
  • The Consortium is now comprised of 18 medical society members; the newest members are the American Medical Association (AMA), and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. 
  • The Consortium sent a letter to every U.S. Senator opposing weakening auto emissions or fuel economy standards or cuts to the EPA budget, and in favor of continued waiver for California’s stricter auto standards
  • The Consortium's upcoming annual meeting: Climate and Health Solutions for Our Future, in Arlington, VA, is scheduled for April 8-10, 2018. Register Now!
The News
There will be worse harms to human health if we do not act
'Katrina brain': The invisible long-term toll of megastorms (Pew Charitable Trusts)
Long after a big hurricane blows through, its effects hammer the mental-health system
Hurricane Damage in Puerto Rico Leads to Fears of Drug Shortages Nationwide.
(New York Times)
Officials and drugmakers scrambling to prevent national shortages of critical drugs and supplies for treating cancer, diabetes and heart disease, manufactured at 80 plants in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. READ MORE
Hidden Costs of Climate Change Running Hundreds of Billions a Year 
(National Geographic)
A new report warns of a high price tag on the impacts of global warming, from storm damage to health costs. But solutions can provide better value. 
Houston: A Global Warning (Rolling Stone)
The devastation of Hurricane Harvey marks a turning point and raises the terrible possibility that we've entered the age of climate chaos.  READ MORE
Death of gas and diesel begins as GM announces plans for ‘all-electric future’. (Washington Post)
The end of GM producing internal combustion engines is fast approaching.  READ MORE
My company’s carbon footprint is the size of a small country. We need to act. (Washington Post)
Global businesses are, quite rightly, under scrutiny for what they are doing to tackle challenges such as climate change and poverty.  READ MORE
Rep. Jack Bergman: A Congressman for climate-conscious youth (CCL)
Representative, Jack Bergman became the 29th Republican to join the Climate Solutions Caucus and met with students from Michigan’s first congressional district, who presented to him about Carbon Fee and Dividend.  READ MORE
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