The purpose of Florida Clinicians for Climate Action is to engage Florida nurses and physicians in public and policymaker education around the health effects of climate change in Florida and nationally to move public opinion and advocate for policy change to support the shift to a healthy and sustainable future.
We do this by engaging state, county, national and local medical and nursing organizations, as well as individual clinicians, in education of our health professional colleagues and constituents about the health risks from climate change and the health benefits of climate action. As health professionals, we will also serve as messengers to our patients, our communities and our governments about the major health impacts of climate change and the steps they can take to both limit their impact and to prevent the problem from worsening.
Specifically, we commit to:
Provide Leadership: As representatives of our organizations, we will drive the agenda for climate and health, promoting this Call to Action throughout Florida.
Engage and Inform: We will engage and inform our constituencies of doctors, nurses, public health workers, hospitals, health systems and health policy makers about the health risks from climate change, and the health benefits of climate action. As health professionals, we will also serve as messengers to our patients, our communities and our governments about the major health impacts of climate change and the steps they can take to both limit their impact and prevent the problem from worsening.
Mitigate: We will lead by example and reduce the carbon footprint of our own institutions, practices, and activities. We will strive to make our hospitals greener and healthier by reducing waste, investing in energy efficiency and clean energy while promoting sustainable transport and resource consumption. By doing so, we commit to demonstrating how our societies can move toward carbon neutrality.
Adapt: We will strive to make our health systems more resilient and capable of withstanding and responding to the human toll of natural disasters and the shifting burden of disease.
Advocate Locally and Statewide: We will work within our communities and throughout Florida to advocate for emissions reductions and/or low-carbon development strategies that promote both a healthy climate and public health. We will call for solutions that reduce the local health impacts of fossil fuels; solutions that foster clean energy and social justice; and solutions that save lives and money while protecting public health from climate change.
In furtherance of these goals, we establish Florida Clinicians for Climate Action and pledge to work with like-minded organizations to advocate to preserve and improve the health of all Floridians who are likely to be negatively impacted by climate change, especially vulnerable populations and communities.
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