Epel and Colleagues Call for Transformative Changes in Behavioral Medicine to Meet the Climate Crisis

Transforming Behavioral Medicine to Address the Climate Crisis

This paper is under review to be published as a BMRC statement simultaneously by the three Behavioral Medicine journals: Health Psychology, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

The climate crisis is an accelerating threat to physical and mental health and the planet’s degradation and requires an essential paradigm shift within behavioral medicine. The Behavioral Medicine Research Council calls for the field to engage in transformative change to promote human and planetary health by conducting strategic research with relevance to policy change, implementation of interventions, and actively driving education and advocacy initiatives. 

We urge the field to prioritize collective action together in these three areas of practice to address climate relevant targets to facilitate the rapid changes needed to match the level of urgency of the climate crisis.

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