Learn Why Health Professionals Nationwide Are Advocating for Clean Energy
American health professionals are increasingly concerned about the health impacts of climate change. That’s why organizations like Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) are strong supporters of the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, which would set limits on carbon emissions for each state.
The Plan offers an ideal opportunity to advocate for an efficient, sustainable energy system that protects public health. With that in mind, PSR has organized Climate Health Action Teams (CHATs) to build support for clean energy. CHAT teams are open to PSR members and other interested people in the community. The teams will call in to monthly national webinars, where they’ll learn about climate-related health issues and solutions, and get training and resources for taking strategic action.
Using this guidance, CHAT teams will educate and engage health professionals, state policymakers, and local communities on the importance of clean energy. Actions might range from writing letters to the editor to participating in town hall meetings.
If you’ve been looking for a way to make a difference and would like to be part of this movement, sign up now.
Upcoming webinars are scheduled for February 18, March 18, April 22, May 20, and June 17.
For other empowering ways to engage the public health sector on climate solutions, check out our Climate for Health program.
In June 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its draft “Clean Power Plan” to limit carbon pollution from existing coal-fired power plants. The Plan sets a limit for each state on carbon dioxide emissions from these plants. Taken together, by 2030 these limits will result in an overall 30% reduction from 2005 levels of greenhouse gas emissions.
This Plan creates a powerful opportunity to advocate for a truly health-protective energy system based on energy efficiency and sustainable energy such as wind and solar.
The Plan will be finalized this summer, and each state will then have one year to file a “State Implementation Plan.” The Implementation Plans will outline the mechanisms each state will use to meet its carbon reduction targets. PSR is organizing Climate Health Action Teams (CHATs) to build support for plans based on clean energy solutions, rather than problematic natural gas or nuclear power.
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