Dr. Wendy Ring will speak at Bozeman Public Library on Wednesday August 14 at 7pm about how climate change affects our health and what we can do about it. Dr. Ring is the organizer of Climate 911, a national organization of physicians dedicated to raising the alarm about climate change as a public health emergency and advocating for prompt effective solutions.
She and her husband, along with a team of cyclists, are on a pedal powered speaking tour from Washington state to Washington DC. Ring says “The bad news is that we're already seeing new kinds of infections; increased toxins in our air, food, and water; and increased emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths as a result of climate change.
The good news is that the same commonsense policies we can put in place to slow global warming will also reduce our national epidemic of chronic diseases. It’s a win-win situation.”
Climate 911's Prescription for Climate Action would cut US carbon dioxide emissions in half by 2030 and decrease rates of cancer, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. The group is collecting endorsements of their prescription from health professionals across the country and will deliver them to lawmakers when they arrive in Washington, DC.
The American Medical Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Academy of Family Physicians, The American Nurses Association, the American Public Health Association and other national health professional organizations have warned that climate change threatens human health and called for swift reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
Dr. Ring was trained at Yale and Columbia Universities, earning her MD and a Masters Degree in Public Health, and was the Medical Director of a community health center in California for over 20 years. She has been recognized by the US Congress, the California legislature, and the American Medical Association for her work in improving access to care for the underserved and was once named America's Best Healer by Reader's Digest. Dr. Ring takes breaks from climate activism several times a year to fill in for other physicians but says she believes she can save more lives by spurring action on climate change than by treating patients one on one.
You can find out more about us at our website www.climate911.org
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