Michelle Johnston, MBBS, echoes the kind of Christianity many of us know and embrace: Vulnerable populations matter. (“In Courage, Hope for a Better Future,” EMN. 2019;41:22; http://bit.ly/34FKEqw.) They matter here and now, and they matter in the future.
She ably pointed out that our actions matter, not just our prayers, hopes, and dreams. To make sense of a lifetime of work caring for the vulnerable, we emergency physicians must advocate for and take action on the defining population health issue of our era. To act otherwise is to make a mockery of our work, often with vulnerable folks at their lowest ebb.
To deny, delay, or make ad hominem attacks on those brave enough to speak the truth is mystifying in light of current unprecedented weather events all over the world. This task will be hard enough without us being divided over it, as some so-called leaders have managed to bring about based on false facts and vested interest in certain industries.
It is time to lay down our political differences and work toward a common rapid decarbonization goal. There is less fear and cognitive dissonance to be part of the solution too.
Marianne Cannon, MBBS, MPH
South Brisbane, Queensland