Pediatric dermatology and climate change: An argument for the pediatric subspecialist as public health advocate

Pediatr Dermatol. 2019 Jul;36(4):564-566. doi: 10.1111/pde.13819. Epub 2019 Apr 9.


The October 2018 report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts significant threats to human health secondary to anthropogenic global warming; children have been and will continue to be disproportionately affected by these weather-related changes. Multiple physician groups have acknowledged climate change as a public health issue, calling upon providers to educate their communities about this looming health crisis while also reducing their individual carbon footprints. A significant body of literature has also documented the adverse dermatologic consequences of a warmer planet, highlighting the importance of pediatric dermatologists in addressing climate change. Here, we summarize the rationale for the pediatric dermatologist as public health advocate, providing specific actionable items through which our specialty can positively address the climate change crisis and in turn protect the health of our patients now and in the future.

Keywords: advocacy; climate change; sustainability.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Advocacy*
  • Child Welfare*
  • Climate Change*
  • Dermatologists / statistics & numerical data*
  • Dermatology / trends*
  • Humans
  • Pediatrics / trends*
  • Physician's Role
  • Public Health
  • Societies, Medical
  • United States