We hope everyone is getting settled in after July hospital changeover. We at IDE are preparing for the year ahead and looking for ways to get you involved. Becoming active in climate change can seem overwhelming - we have created different groups that you can select to take part in.
These several working sub-groups at IDE covering different aspects of healthcare and climate change and include.
- Direct Action group
- Divestment from Fossil Fuel
- Inclusion of Climate Change in the Medical Curriculum
- Green Medical conference group
- Sustainable Diet in Healthcare Facilities
- Healthcare Waste
- Green prescribing
As a landmark UN report recently highlighted, all life on Earth is in jeopardy from the accelerating decline of the Earth’s natural life-support systems as a result of human activity. But the authors also stress that it is not yet too late; with a fundamental, system wide reorganisation across technological, economic and social life it may be possible that nature can be conserved, restored and used sustainably.
In this powerful and timely talk, long time environmental campaigner and journalist John Gibbons shows us just how bad the situation is now, what that transformative change might look like and how each of us can act
Based in Dublin, John Gibbons has been writing and campaigning on the environmental and climate crises for the last decade and more. This included a two and a half year stint as weekly environmental columnist with the Irish Times. He also maintains an environmental blog at ThinkOrSwim.ie. He has appeared on RTE, the BBC and has written for the Guardian newspaper and British Medical Journal, among others.
Doors open at 6.30pm and the talk starts at 7pm.
Free entry. All welcome.
Seats are given on a first come first serve basis.
In conjunction with World Water Day, the first international World Reef Day in June 2019, IDE linked forces with Dr Easkey Britton (PHD), a social scientist, ocean - lover and big wave surfer to explore the links between healthy oceans & healthy humans.
A sold-out event was held in the Model, Sligo with international guests including Luz & Julia from the SOPHIE & Wild Sea team.
Check out the fantastic resources at
Our press release will be released shortly.
Photo credit - Alice from SeaPea Film, Sligo
The motions proposed to the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) on 25th April by two NCHD (Non Consultant House Doctor) IMO Members Dr Sandra Green and Dr Philippa White. The motions included -
1. The IMO calls on the Government to incentivize sustainable energy and to penalise unsustainable energy provision, and to mandate Government Departments and Agencies to prioritise the procurement on sustainable energy services urgently in line with Ireland Targets under COP21 Paris Agreement in 2015.
2. The IMO calls on the government to increase investment in cycling and walking to 20% of the transport budget, in line with the recommendations by UNEP, and towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 3, 7, 11 and 13 of air quality benefits, climate change mitigation and the benefits to health of active transport.
3. The IMO calls on the Government to prioritise access to healthy, sustainable and culturally appropriate food at all Government funded facilities, including the healthcare facilities, taking consideration of the issues raised in the Eat Lancet Planetary Health Diet.
Irish Doctors for Environment stand together with other citizens across the globe in demanding change. On Earth Day we are delighted to be one of the 30 organisations, universities and associations to have signed on a Call to Clinicians to Act on Planetary Health published in the Lancet, one of the oldest and widely recognized medical journals.
"Join us in safeguarding our health and the health of future generations" - Lancet 2019
Irish Doctors for the Environment are delighted to have aligned with WONCA Working Party for the Environment & Clinicians for Planetary Health on this declaration -
Our health depends on the health of our planet. The World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) and the Planetary Health Alliance have just released a global declaration calling on family doctors to act on planetary health, a major first step in the Clinicians for Planetary Health initiative, which works to galvanize clinicians and their patients around planetary health through lifestyle modifications and activism.
Read the declaration -
Introduction from Prof Andy Haines - WONCA -
Irish Doctors for the Environment present
Victor Branagan, (M.Sc. M.B.S.) the producer and presenter of Clearly Sustainable.
Tea and coffee served. Please bring your cup if you have one!
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