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Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health Letter Urging President Trump to Remain in the Paris Climate Agreement

January 02, 2020

To: President Donald J. Trump

Today, hundreds of thousands of doctors, nurses and other health professionals are urging President Trump to reverse his withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. In a letter, the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, comprised of medical societies representing more than 600,000 of the nation’s doctors, called on the President to stay in the Paris Climate Agreement because it will help prevent the many serious health harms that climate change will bring. The American Medical Association, the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology, the National Medical Association, the American Association of Community Psychiatrists, the Alliance of Nurses for a Healthy Environment, and the National Association of Social Workers, among many others co-signed the letter. 

“Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement will have serious health consequences,” said Dr. Mona Sarfaty, Director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health. “That is why stopping America’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement is the top priority of the Policy Action Agenda on Climate, Health and Equity which declares climate change to be a health emergency. As we enter the new year, there is no single step that will do more for the health of all Americans than remaining in and meeting our obligations to the Paris Climate Agreement.” 

The Trump administration announced their intention to withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement in 2017 and formally initiated the one-year withdrawal process in November of 2019. The Paris Agreement is science-based and emphasizes clean energy and pollution reduction, which will improve health immediately and is a crucial tool with the potential to reduce the odds of more dramatic harms to health down the road.

“President Trump’s duty is to make the best decisions to safeguard the health, safety and wellbeing of our people and our future,” said Dr. Sarfaty. “Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement falls far short of that.”  

More information on the Policy Action Agenda can be found here: http://climatehealthaction.org/ 

 

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