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Paediatricians slam US withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord

Trump’s decision dubbed ‘irresponsible and short-sighted’

Jo Carlowe

Monday, 05 June 2017

British paediatricians have today slammed president Donald Trump’s “irresponsible and short-sighted” decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

In a statement issued today, Professor Neena Modi, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, highlighted the impact of climate change on the health of children globally. 

"Climate change presents a huge global health challenge - and as such requires a global response. Without every nation setting and reaching climate goals, as set out in the Paris Climate Agreement, we simply will not be able meet the targets required to limit the effects of climate change and create a cleaner planet.”

She added: "The decision by president Trump to withdraw the US from the Agreement is irresponsible and short-sighted. It poses a significant threat to the health of millions of people – in particular children - worldwide. According to the World Health Organisation, more than 88% of diseases attributable to climate change occur in children under the age of five. In a warmer planet, not only are children at greater risk of diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, the devastating effect on food supplies in the developing world will vastly increase the number of children facing famine.”

Professor Modi called on the UK Government to condemn the president’s actions. 

"The health impact of failing to tackle climate change for this and future generations cannot be underestimated. The UK government must wholeheartedly condemn the actions of the US. There must be a unified response to climate change, and the US as the leader of the developing world, cannot shy away from its responsibility.”

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