Climate change is causing disruptions we can no longer ignore with significant public health implications. For example, diseases such as malaria and dengue are sensitive to changing temperatures and precipitation; once isolated to tropical regions they now threaten new borders.
Variability in climate has led to an increase in natural disasters causing population displacement, disease, and death. Land and water changes are affecting the biodiversity of the ecosystem, which sustains and provides people with food, water, and air – inevitably, all these factors have some affect on people’s health outcomes.
GreenMed is a project aimed at raising awareness and educating medical students of climate change issues. Moreover, we aim to cultivate environmentally conscious behavior in the medical students today so that they can become positive role models as clinicians, and take these positive behaviors into hospitals/clinics.
- Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA)
- Climate change and primary health care – Australian Family Physician December 2007 – GPs and the environment
- AMSA’s Code Green video: