September 16, 2014
PSR on the March!
This weekend in New York City, PSR members will be marching in the health contingent of the People's Climate March, the largest climate action in history. Just ahead of the U.N. Summit on Climate Change, PSR and other health professionals are calling for preventative action to avoid the worst impacts of runaway climate change. PSR has helped organize the March and numerous solidarity events being held around the country. Please join us and help push for a healthy future for our planet. Sign up here for details.
PSR Hosts Health Impact Workshop in NYC
On Saturday, September 20th, the day before the People's Climate March, PSR is presenting an educational workshop. "Health Impacts of Climate Change and Action for Clean Energy Opportunities" is aimed at health professionals as well as the general public. It will focus on how people's lives and health are threatened by climate disruption and what role we can play to repair the damage. The event will be held at St. John's College/Manhattan Campus in room 109 at 2:15pm. Sign up here for more details.
Eat More Fish -- but Do It Safely
Fish can play an important part in a healthy diet. But certain fish are safer to eat than others, due to toxic pollutants like mercury. The FDA and the EPA have proposed new guidelines on how much fish to eat if you're pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to conceive. Unfortunately, the guidelines are not as clear as they could be. Learn more about the proposed guidelines and how you can make your voice heard: Ask the regulatory agencies to make it easier for consumers to reduce their mercury exposure. Read more »
PSR Launches Its First-Ever MoveOn Petition
Time to encourage President Obama to take action on nuclear weapons. The President has said that America is committed "to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons." Action speaks louder than words: the U.S. needs to constructively participate in the third Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons Conference, this December in Vienna. On Sept. 9, PSR leaders Catherine Thomasson, MD and Ira Helfand, MD met with Under Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller to discuss this. The administration is still undecided, so please voice your support! Sign on here »
IPPNW Calls for Cease-Fire in Ukraine
On September 2, leaders of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War issued an IPPNW Leadership Statement on Ukraine. An excerpt: " . . . As Russian, American, Ukrainian, and German doctors and leaders of IPPNW, we together call upon the parties to immediately cease the violence and to re-emphasize diplomatic communication between the USA and Russia, to assist Ukraine to resolve the crisis peacefully." Read the entire statement here.
PSR Students Bike Across Kazakhstan
Tour Kazakhstan via the IPPNW International Peace Bike Tour with Student PSR representative and organizer Michelle Gin and Kami Veltri. They were stunned by the misinformation given to locals during the 40 years of nuclear weapons testing by the Soviets. Joined by 16 other participants from eight countries and biking from Semey to Astana, they met with mayors, locals and the media to promote a world free of nuclear weapons. Check out the Bike Tour's blog and pictures along with the IPPNW 21st World and Student Congress here.
Susan Katz, MD Talks about Toxics & Health
As part of our ongoing series highlighting notable PSR supporters and activists, Dr. Susan Katz, a retired pediatrician and the board president of Oregon PSR, told us how the increase in environment-related illnesses in her patients turned her into an activist. Read more »
Please join us in welcoming Taylor Johnson, DLS, as our new Director of Operations at the National office. Taylor brings outstanding skills in management and also understands the world of health professionals. He develops ideas based on original, novel, or unconventional approaches in reaching, motivating, and educating health professionals. Please contact Taylor if you have questions about our operations. Read more »