August 2020

ASCRS NEWS

ASCRS joins the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health


ASCRS’ Executive Committee voted to join the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, which seeks to increase public awareness on how climate change can adversely impact public health.
“Along with AAO, ASCRS has joined 27 other medical societies to help the initiatives of this consortium in understanding the health risks of climate change and the health benefits of climate solutions,” said ASCRS President Terry Kim, MD. “As an ophthalmic society, especially during the current coronavirus pandemic, we want to do everything we can for our patients and members to maximize the safety of our clinic and operating room environments, which includes climate-related solutions.”

The consortium’s main messages, as posted on its website, are as follows:
• Climate change is harming Americans today and these harms will increase unless we act; 
• The way to slow or stop these harms is to decrease the use of fossil fuels and increase energy efficiency and use of clean energy sources; and 
• These changes in energy choices will improve the quality of our air and water and bring immediate health benefits.  
The consortium holds that members of medical societies “have an important opportunity to weigh in to help ensure that the health risks of climate change and the health benefits of climate solutions, especially clean energy, are clearly understood.”
David Chang, MD, chair of the ASCRS Foundation and a member of the ASCRS Executive Committee, said members of ASCRS can get involved with consortium initiatives, sign up for educational webinars, and even receive direction if they wanted to be a legislative advocate in upcoming elections.
“I think it’s nice that there is a resource for ophthalmologists who are personally interested in the issue of climate change and who might be interested in learning about the specific public health effects,” he said.
Dr. Chang said he thinks physicians, who are by definition scientists, with their ability to speak to public health have credibility to lead the charge on climate change from a healthcare standpoint.
Learn more about the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health at medsocietiesforclimatehealth.org.

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