Responding to the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change report focusing on extensive health damage from climate change which sets out the lifelong health consequences of rising temperatures for a child born today, BMA board of science Prof Dame Parveen Kumar said:
“This report should frighten the Government, parents and indeed anyone who cares about the health of our children and future generations.
“It signals the need for a dramatic shift in how we currently live. While we can all strive to make more conscious decisions, this report is really a call to action for the true agents of change. The Government and corporations must view this as one of their greatest responsibilities and make the large-scale changes that are needed.
“As doctors, we are already beginning to see an increase in the number of patients, old and young, presenting with health conditions that have been exacerbated by air pollution such as diabetes, heart disease, and dementia.
“There is no doubt that this is a challenge, but given the speed at which the life-threatening impact of climate change is growing, efforts taken now, such as accelerating the speed at which we achieve zero net-carbon emissions, are minimal in comparison with the health fallout we face.”
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