The World Medical Association (WMA) is encouraging physicians to ‘go green’ and embrace better environmental practices as well as improve their climate change awareness.
It comes just weeks after a major special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that rapid and far-reaching action is needed to limit global warming to 1.5°C.
The WMA is encouraging doctors and their national medical associations to avail of a free online practice management tool, My Green Doctor, which it says will help to equip participants with the knowledge to adopt better environmental practices with regard to chemicals usage, recycling, food choices, and transportation decisions. Tools for teaching patients and families good environmental choices and climate change preparedness are also provided.
“Patients look to their health providers for role models. When we recycle, keep organic gardens, bicycle to work or drive energy-efficient cars, our patients and neighbours pay attention,” said Dr Todd Sack, managing director of the service.
The WMA pointed to the fact that there are also significant financial benefits of going green, with potential practice savings of more than €1,750 per physician year.