The American Academic of Pediatrics has now offered its expert analysis of climate change and the urgent need to combat it, because, of course, it will hurt children the most:
In the first major report about the unique effects of global warming on kids, U.S. pediatricians also were advised to “educate” elected officials about the coming dangers.
There’s evidence that children are likely to suffer more than adults from climate change, says the report’s lead author, Katherine Shea, a pediatrician and adjunct public health professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
“We already have change, and certain bad things are going to happen no matter what we do,” Shea says. “But we can prevent things from getting even worse. We don’t have the luxury of waiting.”
Fortunately, some are criticizing the use of this now-familiar scarce tactic:
No matter what the risks, the pediatrics academy shouldn’t be sending its members out to lobby, argues Janice Crouse, director of a think tank affiliated with Concerned Women for America, a conservative public policy group. “Let them issue a scientific report, and people can judge whether it has validity. For a scientific group to use children as a means of advancing a political agenda is beyond the pale,” she says.