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June 25, 2016

Doctors and pharma firms to be recruited on global warming

The remains of a fish on the cracked Ganjiang riverbed, China

By Lloyd Mudiwa.

The Irish Doctors Environmental Association (IDEA) is planning to recruit pharmaceutical companies and medical practitioners to help spread the “very powerful message” of global warming to patients and the public, Irish Medical Times reports.

Unfortunately, an attempt to show a DVD containing the message of geneticist Prof Hugh Montgomery, Director of the Institute for Human Health and Performance at University College London, at the recent IMO AGM in Killarney failed when most doctors opted to play golf rather than watch the film, according to IDEA.

Prof Montgomery believes that “we have under five years in which to get to grips with the environmental crisis, with a mere 50:50 chance of success”, otherwise we are in a “very, very bad situation”, according to IDEA.

Prof Montgomery, who has several notable achievements outside the field of medicine, has been awarded the title of London Leader by the London Sustainable Development Commission for his work on climate change and health under the auspices of Project Genie, and was also a founding member of the UK Climate and Health Council.

IDEA Chairman Dr Philip Michael last week said while Prof Montgomery’s video presentation had been meant for screening during his association’s AGM and Annual Public Meeting, which has now been moved from Trinity College Dublin to the Ashling Hotel in Dublin on April 28, he had felt obliged to show it to doctors at the IMO AGM because of the importance of its message.

“We have a very important video…  If you have young patients, children, grandchildren etc, you need to see this,” read a promo for the screening at the IDEA AGM.

Dr Michael said he would also seek to screen the video at meetings of the ICGP, RCSI and RCPI, among others.