Leading climate change experts and organizations have observed that the world urgently needs a worldwide emergency response to the deteriorating planetary climate change crisis.
CLIMATE CHANGE EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONSE provides the online resources for this most vital emergency response ever.
Scientists, clinicians, and health professionals have called for attention to climate change on both practical and ethical grounds. Several well-established principles point to a vigorous, proactive public health approach to climate change. But this is not happening.
— Howard Frumkin, MD, DrPH,
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
to the American Public Health Association, March 2008
The mission of
CLIMATE CHANGE EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONSE
is to secure a SAFE GLOBAL CLIMATE
for today's children worldwide and for future generations.
We are of course here to alert the health, development and humanitarian professions of the unprecedented global human population health and survival emergency of global climate change - which means already committed global warming and climate change.
To do this we propose that global climate change be addressed as the human rights / population health / survival issue of our time, potentially of all time.
Clearly, the current "management model" is not working. A new, more effective approach (to supplement the IPCC that does not define dangerous climate change or make recommendations) would be the well known and proven medical emergency assessment and management model. Over the past couple of decades, the field of medicine has developed a specialized medical emergency and management model that is super effective and is very different from standard medical assessment and management.
Right now the life of the planet (the essential ecosystems of the biosphere) — meaning the health and survival of future generations — is in peril. According to Hansen et al (2007), tipping points could be breached at any time. If we allow this to happen, we will have no way of controlling the situation and a planetary cataclysm will be unleashed (ibid). Right now then, Code Red must be called for the Earth, in the hope of saving our planet and our future.
The medical and environmental health model would include integrated climate change risk assessment (specifically to ensure the health and survival of human populations) and precautionary catastrophic-risk-averse mitigation (treatment) plans.
This would be a major upgrade to how global change is being addressed now. Global climate change is a uniquely deadly threat to humanity and needs a uniquely effective extreme precautionary risk assessment and management model, which at present we do not have.
Our hope is to catalyze an international
DECLARATION OF THE DANGEROUS GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
STATE OF EMERGENCY
led by the human rights, education,faith and health care communities.
As the May 2009 Lancet-University College London report, Managing the Health Effects of Climate Change, pointed out, global climate change needs to be solved by leading professionals from several disciplines, who all have a stake in the crisis, all working together.
Our intention is to focus discussions of global climate change on the worst risks to the most vulnerable populations, rather than the current approach of assessing the most likely impacts based on computer model projections. We also need to work for the inclusion of carbon feedbacks in scientific assessments of global climate change.
Our goal is to provide an ethics-based human rights and population health definition of "dangerous interference with the climate system," to inform the decisions of governments and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations.
Our mission is ...
 On 7 December 2009, the Administrator of the EPA signed two distinct findings regarding greenhouse gases under section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act.
Endangerment Finding: The Administrator finds that the current and projected concentrations of the six key well-mixed greenhouse gases — carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) — in the atmosphere threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations.
Cause or Contribute Finding: The Administrator finds that the combined emissions of these well-mixed greenhouse gases [...] contribute to the greenhouse gas pollution which threatens public health and welfare.
Doctors can lead from the front — just as we did when we came to understand the evidence of the harmful effects of smoking.... Doctors can understand. We can change the world by speaking up and acting — together and individually — internationally, nationally, and locally....
— Richard Smith, Editor, British Medical Journal (1997)