Call to Action on Climate and Health 2020


As Texas physicians and healthcare professionals, we the undersigned call on members of the Texas Congressional Delegation to recognize climate change as a health emergency and to work with government agencies and our local communities and businesses to prioritize action to address how climate change is already impacting public health.

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We call on the Texas Congressional Delegation to lead Congress in recognizing climate change as a health emergency and to prioritize the actions in this Climate and Health Policy Call to Action. Building healthy energy, transportation, land use, and agriculture systems now will deliver immediate and sustained health benefits to all and reduce future health risks from climate change.

Climate Action for Health should include the following actions:

  1. Meet and strengthen the commitments the U.S. made under the Paris Climate Agreement.

  2. Transition rapidly away from the use of coal, oil and natural gas to clean, safe, and renewable energy and energy efficiency.

  3. Co-sponsor one or more of the bills recently filed by both Democrats and Republicans on climate that are aimed at achieving zero-net emissions by 2050.

  4. Support and improve infrastructure to encourage active transportation plans, including more and better options for walking and biking, and incentivize cleaner alternatives like public transit and carpooling, in the transition to zero-carbon transportation systems.

  5. Promote healthy, sustainable, and resilient farms and food systems, forests, and natural lands.

  6. Ensure that all U.S. residents have access to safe and affordable drinking water and sustainable water supply.

  7. Invest in policies that support a just transition for workers and communities adversely impacted by climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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Canaan Hancock BA, NREMT-B

Lesa Walker MD, MPH

Timothy Singer MD, MS

Amy Sugeno LCSW

Margaret Erickson PhD,RN,CNS

Brian Reed MD

Maren Fuller MD

Kathleen Van Dam RN, BSN

William Perkison, MD

Alan Friedman, PhD

Bryan Roberts PhD

Susan Roberts PhD

Cecile Roeger RN

Roy Pruden MD

Rachel Guess MD

Derek Mora MD

Gina Duong MD

Richard Barber DO

Shirley Li Med Student

Jonathan Kini MD

Ian Alward MD

Adelita Cantu PhD, RN

Sara Oritz-Romero MD




Adam Rosenbloom MD MPH FAAP
Alan Mincher MD
Alan Northcutt MD
Allison Teng Medical student
Amanda Boornazian Medical Student
Amanda Horton MD
Amanda Mishra APRN, ACNS-BC
Amina Haji MD
Ana Herrera DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Andrew Valenzuela MD
Angela Wang Medical student
Angela Zhang Medical student
Anitha Veerasamy MD
Ann Melendrez LVN
Anna Vu MD
Archie Smith MD
Arthur Fellows PhD
Ashwin Gowda MD
Audrey Han Medical Student
Barbara Dauerty PA-C
Beck Trammell NCC, LPC
Beth Belk DPT
Bharath Ram Medical Student
Bill Carville RN. CRRN
Brennan Lanier Medical Student
Carolyn Vanek Medical Student
Celia Neavel MD
Christian Shannon Medical Student
Christina Shields Medical Student
Christopher Driscoll MD
Dan Nguyen MD
Dana Sprute MD, MPH
Daniel Bland Medical Student
Daniel Crowe MD, FACP
Daniel Hochman MD
Danielle Glade MD
David Wright MD
Debra Patt MD
Donald Williams MD
Ed Garcia MD
Elliot Trester MD
Esha Hansoti Medical Student
Felix Hull MD
George Miner MD
Gina Fowler DO, FAAP, ABOIM
Greg Sheff MD
Hannah Kay Medical Student
Hannah McFarren Medical Student
Hasan Seede Medical Student
Heather Falvo MD
Helen Schafer MD
Hilda Guevara RN
Ife Shoyombo Medical Student
Indu Gupta MD
Izaan Roos PT
Jannon Fuchs PhD
Jenny Raman
Jessica Hines MD
Joshua Kollars MD
Joyce Overton RN
Jubilee Barton MD
Julia Graves MD
Julia Sargent MD
Julie Hall MD
Juliette Owens MD
Karen Carvalho MD
Karen Hadden
Karen Smith MD, M. Ed, FAAFP
Katie McNiel Medical student
Katrin Lichtsinn MD
Kelsey Mumford Medical Student, RN
Kim Rowlands MMD
Kimberly Carter MD, MPP
Koushik Shaw MD
Kristie Pham Tu Medical student
Kumar Pandian MD
Lamia Kadir MD
Lara Hochman MD
Lauren Crawford MD
Laurie Seremetis MD, MPAff
Leah Weipert DO
Leigh Grady MD
Leslie Cortes MD
Lisa Doggett MD, MPH, FAAFP
Lisa Stone MPH
Liza Sanchez MD
Lori Wright PhD
Lorraine Stehn DO
Lynn Thoreson DO
Margaret Amada RN
Margaret Kini MD
Maria Guerra APRN, FNP-C
Maria Monge MD, MAT
Marian Morris PhD, MPH, RN
Mary Ann Gonzales MD
Mary Mulroney RN
Mary Robichaux Medical Student
Matthew McCurdy MD PhD
Melissa Thoreson MD
Michael Hole MD, MBA, FAAP
Michelle Gallas DO
Michelle Zhang Medical Student
Mike Stefanowicz MD
Nalinda Charnsangavej MD
Nancy Lee PA-C
Nanditha Shivaprakash MD
Naomi Hanser MD
Natalie Rusk MD
Natalie Weston Medical Student
Natasha Dass Medical Student
Nehal Thakkar MD, MBA
Nichelle Haynes DO
Patricia Connolly Licensed Therapist
Peter Gilbreath MD
Pradeep Kumar MD
Rachel Brightwell MD
Rachel Fresques Medical Student
Rachel MacAskill Medical Student
Rania Milleron PhD
Ricky Thompson DO
Robert Patterson MD
Roberto Rodriguez MD, MPH
Roseanna Jackson-Parekh MD
Ryan Lowery MD
Sabitha Rajan MD, MSc
Sam Baldazo Medical Student
Sapna Bhagat MD
Sarah Buttrey MD
Sarah Gee MD
Sarmila Bhatta FNP
Sean Liu Medical Student
Shannon Evans APRN, NSN, FNP-C
Sharad Kohli MD
Stanley Reiser MD, MPA, PhD
Stephen McKee MSSW
Steven Inano MD
Susan Dubois MD
Swati Avashia MD
Syed Ajaz Medical Student
Tara Greendyk MD
Teri Newsom MS,RN,Adult NP-C,PMHNP-BC
Thiru Lakshman MD, FASCRS, FACS
Toni Wakefield MD
Trish O'Day MSN, RN
Valerie Espinosa MD
Van Tran PA-C
Vincent Fonseca MD, MPH
Vishal Kancherla DO
Waqas Haque Medical Student
Xiao Yun Wang MD




Texas Physicians for Social Responsibility

Sustainable Energy & Economic Development (SEED) Coalition

Texas Public Interest Research Group

Population Health Institute of Texas




Climate change poses one of the greatest threats to human health in our lifetimes. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has repeatedly issued warnings about the significant consequences of global warming. As they and the vast majority of climate scientists around the world have stated, urgent actions are needed now to curb the rise in global temperatures and to prevent ecological, public health and other societal catastrophes.

In Texas, we are already feeling the effects of increasing temperatures and climate-related health emergencies. Our ER physicians care for folks when climate disasters occur such as hurricanes, tornados, flooding, and wildfires. Our primary care physicians and cardiologists have to deal with increased and worsening heart disease due to ozone action days and increased heat. Psychiatrists have to deal with fatalism and depression that occurs with the increasingly frequent and severe natural disasters. And we struggle to care for patients affected by increasing pandemics and other health crises.

In the coming years, Texans will experience rising seas, retreating shorelines, more coastal storms like Hurricane Harvey, rainstorms and tornadoes, increasing wildfires, more frequent and severe droughts, and worsening air pollution leading to premature death from heart and lung disease.

Please join us – the time for action is now.


  1. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 2018
  2. Dr. Matthew McCurdy, in an op-ed published by the Houston Chronicle, 2018