Medical Matters: Health professionals have important role to play in climate debate

Pat Harrold

August 5, 2015

The Irish Times

Should medical professionals be environmentalists as well? Should they be concerned about global warming, rising sea levels, loss of biodiversity and a shortage of resources? And if they are concerned, should they be seen to be activists? Should they advocate on environmental issues and should they add their voices in protest at the degradation of the planet?
I think they should. These matters are far too important to trust to big business and politicians. Doctors and pharmacists have learned to be sceptical of men in suits representing pharmaceutical companies. They have seen too much spin and obfuscation over the years to take dodgy scientific evidence for granted. Medical professionals are advised to be scientific at all times and to base their work on scientific evidence.