Massachusetts Medical Society: The Overlapping Health Impacts of Climate Change, Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Power: Global Challenge, Local Solutions

The Overlapping Health Impacts of Climate Change, Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Power: Global Challenge, Local Solutions

Overlapping Health Impacts

Jointly provided by the Massachusetts Medical Society and Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility

3-Part CME Webinar Series

Description

Overlap between climate change, nuclear weapons development and nuclear power is magnifying negative health effects on populations, particularly environmental justice communities. This webinar series has been developed to inform participants of these compounding effects and encourage physician advocacy on this urgent issue.


Target Audience 

This webinar series is designed for physicians, physicians-in-training, other health care leaders and professionals, students, and members of the community.


Learning Objectives 

Upon completion of these activities, learners should be able to:

  • Explain the overlaps between climate change and nuclear war and the concerning health effects of climate change on legacy and current nuclear weapons development
  • Describe how and why nuclear power is being affected by climate and has itself become a potential nuclear weapon (e.g., in the war in Ukraine)
  • Advocate for policies and mitigation of climate change and nuclear war prevention
  • Discuss the lived experience of frontline environmental justice communities which disproportionately shoulder the medical consequences of climate change and nuclear development and testing

3-Part Webinar Series Flyer 


Webinar 1

A Global Challenge: Modeling the Effect of Nuclear Weapons on Climate and the Effect of Climate on Nuclear Weapons - Important Interactions

Friday, September 22, 2023 – 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET

This webinar will focus on how the deployment of nuclear weapons would create disastrous effects on climate. In turn, climate change not only increases the likelihood of war due to competition for resources (water, air, soil) and therefore increased violence on a warming planet, but also is directly affecting vulnerable nuclear weapons sites and legacy nuclear waste from weapons development, with disproportionate health effects on local populations.


Webinar 2

The Public Health Implications of Nuclear Power

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. ET

This webinar will examine the following questions: Is nuclear power the answer to the climate crisis? What are the risks and who are they to? What is the effect of climate on nuclear power plants?


Webinar 3

Local Voices, Local Solutions: How Frontline Communities Are Addressing the Overlapping Health Impacts of Climate Crises, Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Power

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. ET

This session will provide a forum for voices representing the Navajo Nation, Rocky Flats, Plymouth, Mass., and the Marshall Islands to share health impacts to their communities and specific concerns and concrete actions that must be taken to mitigate the overlapping effects of climate change, nuclear weapons and nuclear power. Participants will learn how they can take positive steps to advocate for this important issue.


Per Webinar Registration Fees 

MMS Physician Members $25
Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility Members – $25
Non-member Physicians – $50
Allied Health Professionals/Others – $20
Non-member Residents and Students – $10
MMS Resident and Student Members – Free


Accreditation Statement 

These activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Massachusetts Medical Society and Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility. The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


AMA Credit Designation Statement 

The Massachusetts Medical Society designates each live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Each activity meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.


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