We’re stuck in “Cure” rather than”Prevention”, but there’s no cure for climate change.
I think that’s the mind-set of the medical profession. There certainly isn’t a cure for it; extinction being forever, and all that! I think climate action is the most important piece of preventative health care we can treat ourselves to. It’s still a fringe idea. We’re not giving much attention to maintaining a functional eco-system. Which is weird, you know? It’s like icing a cake, but there isn’t a fucking cake!
You can view the climate emergency through different lenses’ you can view it as a health-care crisis. Human health and planetary ecosystem health. There is a discipline now, within medicine, called planetary health. Most of the determinants from which human health is derived start with rivers and ecosystems, … instead of scanners and drugs.
In recognition of that realization, I am doing activism. Activism is the job that is least appealing to my profession. We’re okay at going to conferences, and such, but we don’t think of ourselves as activists. So I thought: someone has to do it, why not me? And organizing marches is now what I do, which is nuts!Patrick