University of Wisconsin–Madison Medical College of Wisconsin

Join the Conversation: Talking About the Health Consequences of Global Heating/Climate Destabilization

Bruce Krawisz, MD

WMJ. 2023;122(3):226-232

Download full-text pdf.


Global heating/climate destabilization is likely to be the most serious public health problem in this century. This article encourages health care workers to discuss climate change and provides a short summary of climate change/health information. There are talking points with references that may be of practical use. Although climate change is a global crisis that requires global solutions, by conversing with others, an individual may be able to take effective climate action.

Author Affiliations: Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, Marshfield, Wis (Krawisz)
Corresponding Author: Bruce Krawisz, MD, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, 1000 N Oak Ave, Marshfield, WI 54449; email
Financial Disclosures: None declared.
Funding/Support: None declared.
Acknowledgements: The author wishes to thank Abby Novinska-Lois, MPH, and David Puthoff, PhD, for reading the manuscript and providing helpful ideas, constructive criticisms, and editorial suggestions.
Share WMJ