Doctors interested in the effects of environmental degradation on public health staged a demonstration at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on Saturday (29), calling on health authorities to take action on climate change and the loss of health. Priorities.
Activists wear white uniforms from the group Doctors for the Extinction Rebellion They walked from Place de la Nations in Geneva to the WHO headquarters, where they were received by Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Director of Environment, Climate Change and Health Maria Niira.
“The epidemic will end, but there is no vaccine for climate change,” said Tedros Adhanom, while welcoming the activists outside the building. “We must act now, in solidarity, to prevent and prepare before it is too late.”
Professor Valerie Dakremont, infectious disease specialist and co-founder of Doctors for the Extinction RebellionA call to the World Health Organization “to be the motor and guarantor of public policies that respect the health of all and preserve life.”
Activists delivered Tedros a message and a large hourglass, a symbol Doctors for the Extinction Rebellion. They want to attract the attention of organizations more broadly to avoid the worst-case scenarios of devastation identified by scientists studying climate change.