Hundreds of doctors and healthcare professionals (HCPs) joined the Extinction Rebellion protest on Saturday (12th October) to fight the ‘health emergency’ of climate change.
The doctors marched in the 'Health March for the Planet' from Shell HQ via Parliament and met Extinction Rebellion’s Grief March, which followed a path from Marble Arch to Russell Square.
The group, led by Doctors for Extinction Rebellion (XR), laid 110 pairs of shoes outside the Houses of Parliament to highlight the number of deaths caused in the UK each day related to air pollution.
Dr Rita Issa, GP and co-founder of Doctors for XR said: “In Tower Hamlets where I work, children have 10 per cent reduced lung capacity due to air pollution. Four million cases of asthma globally are the result of air pollution from vehicles - that’s 11,000 cases a day. We must act now to reduce the immediate impacts on lung and cardiovascular health, and to address the climate crisis.”
Doctors for XR have criticised the government’s 2050 net zero target, arguing that it is insufficient to protect young people alive today or future generations. They believe that recent Government actions fail to adhere to the recommendations of climate scientists, their legal obligations under the Climate Change Act, and their commitments under the Paris Agreement.
Information on joining Doctors for XR can be found here.