Texas PSR to the World: #WeAreStillIn
Here in Texas, we know that the health threats from climate change are too many and too big to ignore. From extreme heat to asthma to vector-borne disease, the people in our communities who will be most impacted will be children, the elderly, and people with low incomes. That’s why we stand with national Physicians for Social Responsibility and PSR chapters across the country in condemning President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement—and that’s why we’ll do everything we can to raise medical voices of concern about climate change and health here in Texas. #WeAreStillIn
On June 1, 2017, Physicians for Social Responsibility Executive Director Jeff Carter released the following statement:
President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement is an embarrassing and harmful abdication of the United States’ responsibility to contribute to the global effort to combat climate change. Abandoning the agreement endangers the American communities that he has the duty to protect. Climate change aggravates the frequency and intensity of extreme heat waves, increases the risk of dangerous weather events, and augments the spread of insect-borne and water-borne diseases. We are already seeing the serious harms that climate change imposes on health in our communities. President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement is a profound failure of leadership that will harm Americans’ health, our economy, and the environment we all depend on.