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Climate Change Toolkit for Health Professionals!

The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment have released a new toolkit – Climate Change Toolkit for Health Professionals – which has been created as a resource that can be used by CAPE members and other health professionals who want to become move actively engaged in the issue.

The modules in the Toolkit have been created to provide a solid foundation on climate science and international agreements, global health impacts and the health impacts being experienced in Canada, and the sources of and trends in climate emissions across Canada.  It also provides a good base of information on the immediate health co-benefits associated with a number of climate solutions, the actions that can be taken in health care facilities to mitigate and adapt to climate change, the actions that can be taken in our communities to minimize the health impacts associated with climate change, and ideas about how health professionals can engage in the issue.

 

For more information
Visit the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment website
View the Climate Change Toolkit for Health Professionals

Concerned Health Professionals UK (CHPUK) launch anti-fracking campaign

A group of doctors, nurses and other health professionals launch their campaign for an end to fracking in England on Wednesday 21st November 2018.

Lt to RT  Patron, Dr Ian Fairlie.  Middle: Co Chairman, Carol Hutchinson. RT Dr Tim Thornton, Co Chairman

The launch took place at an event in Barlborough, Derbyshire, hosted by CHPUK patron Dr Ian Fairlie. Dr Fairlie is an internationally recognised consultant in environmental radiation. His published research is particularly concerned with the health effects of radioactive emissions. He spoke to the audience on his professional concerns relating to the health and environmental impacts of fracking.

Dr Ian Fairlie on accepting the role of Patron of Concerned Health Professionals UK said:

“Given the serious health problems facing us all from air pollution through to global climate change. The establishment of Concerned health Professionals of the UK is a timely initiative. I look forward to working with colleagues in the discipline of Public Health to ascertain, analyse and act upon our many concerns in the UK today.”

The organisation are calling on fellow Concerned Health Professionals to sign their open letter to the Prime Minister, urging a halt to fracking on the basis of significant evidence of risks and harms to health. CHPUK is affiliated with Medact, whose 2015 & 2016 reports into the health impacts of fracking found serious concerns.

Dr Deirdre Duff, Fossil Free Health Campaigner with Medact said:

“We welcome the formulation of Concerned Health Professionals UK and look forward to hosting a joint event with them on fracking and fossil fuel divestment in Leeds during January 2019.”

“Fracking poses concerning health risks to both local and global communities. We cannot afford to burn all the fossil fuels in currently operating extraction sites if we are to avoid catastrophic, irreversible climate change. So, the idea of starting new fracking projects in the UK is absurd.”

“Fossil fuel driven climate change is already impacting the health of millions and threatens to reverse the last half century of gains in global health development. Like CHPUK we wish to see an urgent ban on fracking and look forward to working with them as they strive to achieve this.”

The launch of CHPUK follows the success of Concerned Health Professionals New York where they achieved a fracking ban in New York. Also Concerned Health professionals of Ireland, who celebrated a victory in 2017 a vote to ban fracking was passed by the Irish Parliament.

Meanwhile in England, fracking commenced in October for the first time since 2011. Large parts of England are currently facing fracking which is not permitted in Scotland or Wales.

Lt to RT Dr. Ian Fairlie, Carol Hutchinson and Dr. Tim Thornton

Carol Hutchinson a former Senior Nurse responsible for Clinical Governance and Clinical Risk said:

“Evidence clearly indicates that the health of people living and working within 1.5KM of a fracking site will be most at risk, in particular, that of women of child bearing age and those with chronic health conditions.”

“Is our government willing to take these risks with our health? Personally, I find it entirely unacceptable that there are no acceptable minimal set back distance’s imposed on the industry through regulation, within the much trumpeted ‘Gold Standard Regulations’.”


Dr Tim Thornton speaking at the launch


 

Launch Date 21st November 2018

News site in development.
We are Launching Concerned Health Professionals of the United Kingdom on 21st November 2018. We look forward to populating the ‘Latest News’ section of the site in the very near future. We will share key peer-reviewed science and other well sourced material. We will give links so that you may check back to the original articles.

We have support from Concerned Health Professionals of New York who produce a regularly updated review of government data, peer-reviewed science and some newspaper reports. All are referenced back to the original sources to ensure there has been no bias or inaccuracies introduced.

Their latest compendium is v 5. You may wish to dip into their comprehensive overview via https://concernedhealthny.org/

Warn others however, you may be some time.

The 4th Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms Of Fracking (Unconventional Gas And Oil Extraction) by Concerned Health Professionals of NY

Source: Concerned Health Professionals of NY » Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms Of Fracking (Unconventional Gas And Oil Extraction)

Why Fracking Should Never Happen in Ireland

Read CHPI’s article in the ICPP Forum Journal.

Click here to read the article  icgp-forum-article-fracking

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Fracking and health: What we know from Pennsylvania’s natural gas boom

Three studies find higher rate of health issues for people who live near large or many fracked natural gas well sites.

Source: Fracking and health: What we know from Pennsylvania’s natural gas boom

Ban Fracking Say Health Professionals-CHPI

A group of health professionals launched the Concerned Health Professionals of Ireland (CHPI) to a packed room in Buswells Hotel Dublin May 18th. The campaign is based on a growing network of health providers opposed to fracking, a model successfully used to achieve a ban in New York. The group launched a new website that includes a petition for health professionals to call on government on both sides of the border to implement a ban.

TDs that attended included Joan Collins, (ULA) Eamon Scanlon (FF) Eamon Ryan (Green Party) Martin Kenny (SF) and Maureen O Sullivan (IND). Richard Boyd Barret (PBP) was present and had spoken about fracking in the Dail earlier that day where concerns were raised about the first drill on the island of Ireland in Woodburn Forest, near Belfast.

Dr Carroll O Dolan, Martina Dunne, and Eaman Scanlan TD at the launch of the Concerned Health Professionals Ireland event in Dublin

Dr Carroll O Dolan, Martina Dunne, and Eaman Scanlan TD at the launch of the Concerned Health Professionals Ireland event in Dublin

 

Carroll O Dolan, a GP from Cavan spoke about the many recorded negative health impacts associated with fracking, based on peer-reviewed research that now exists. “It’s a fact that fracking damages health. Its not just rumour” he said

He said that for years these negative environmental and health impact were dished out by the oil and gas industry on developing countries but it was now coming to Ireland. “Our brothers and sisters have been exposed to this for a long time”

A discussion on the status of the EPA study being carried out by oil/gas industry service providers CDM Smith, referred to how the study was stalled at this time and that a report will be completed in the Autumn, whereupon a decision on whether to proceed or not will be made from it.

Dr Paula Gilvarry Public Health doctor who spoke at the launch of the Concerned Health Professionals launch 18th May

Dr Paula Gilvarry Public Health doctor who spoke at the launch of the Concerned Health Professionals launch 18th May

Dr Paula Gilvarry public health doctor talked about the public health risks of smoking, alcohol and road safety and government spending on health intervention initiatives. In relation to fracking, the best way to protect human health she felt was not to start it.

She said

‘We know Fracking is dangerous. We don’t have to do much except, don’t do it!”

She spoke about the importance of clean water and Irelands green image. Cryptosporidium instances gave for many people an insight into how dirty water can cause real distress. But benzene she said ‘can kill’.

Susan Carton (nursing lecturer) explained that while some people in Ireland had to get used to boil water notices, for many Pennsylvania residents living in areas where fracking is taking place peoples health is directly threatened. Some of the recommendations of a health promotion agency in south western Pennsylvania included that residents should use bottled water as a rule, take off their shoes when entering their home leaving contaminated soil outside, check symptoms of themselves and family members, and call a doctor if bathing caused rashes.

Paula Gilvarry had reviewed the situation and felt that communities were the losers in fracking

“It’s a no brainer. It’s all about the money for these wealthy corporations

You cant put a price on health. It’s a short-term gain for the industry and a long-term loss for communities’

The drill site in Woodburn was never far from the room and concern was raised by TD Richard Boyd Barrett that this was setting a precedent. The audience heard that the drill in Northern Ireland had begun with a lack of proper planning and it was fracking coming through the back door into Ireland. There was a call from the floor to do more to support their Northern Ireland colleagues.

Eaman Scanlan TD speaks to Dr Carroll O Dolan before the launch of the Concerned Health Professionals

Eaman Scanlan TD speaks to Dr Carroll O Dolan before the launch of the Concerned Health Professionals

Carroll O Dolan referred to the constant onslaught by the industry on communities and warned.

“ The industry hasn’t gone away they are just regrouping.”

He appealed to his health colleagues to review the information presented to them and sign the petition calling for a ban.

“But bottom line is you can’t regulate this industry such that it does not have significant harm on human health. And that’s why I wish my fellow health professionals to read the information and come to the same conclusions. ‘

The website is now live on www.chpi.ie

Richard Boyd Barrett TD at the launch of the Concerned Health Professionals Ireland, 18th May.

Richard Boyd Barrett TD at the launch of the Concerned Health Professionals Ireland, 18th May.

Mission of Concerned Health Professionals of the United Kingdom

Concerned Health Professionals of the United Kingdom exists to highlight the public health risks and harms that High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (HVHF) and the exploration & extraction of Oil & Gas from shale rock pose to the people of the United Kingdom.
As health professionals, we have dedicated our working lives to serve and care for the people of the United Kingdom. We feel it is critical that the public health and safety of our communities is taken into consideration in relation to any energy policy for the Nation and particularly with regard to proven risk-carrying activities such as fracking.

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