Richard Smith: Most meetings can happen electronically, saving tonnes of carbon

25 January, 2020

(with thanks to Malcolm Brewster)

Extracts below. Full text here: https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2019/12/31/richard-smith-most-meetings-can-hap...

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Richard Smith: Most meetings can happen electronically, saving tonnes of carbon

December 31, 2019

I’d better start with a confession. I must have flown the Atlantic 300 times. I’ve been multiple times to New Zealand and Australia and have flown often to Japan, China, South Asia, Africa, and South America. I’ve flown to Madrid for lunch. Worse, for probably 10 years of that flying, I knew that the world was close to disaster from the climate emergency. But now I’ve stopped flying — except to Mexico to see my son, daughter in law, and grandchildren...

Those organising — and those funding — every meeting should ask if the meeting has to take place face to face. My assertion is that the majority could be conducted electronically without anybody needing to fly anywhere. We have to change how we think about meetings just as we have to change how we think about everything. Disaster is close.

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Richard Smith was editor of the BMJ and is currently chair of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change. He is also a regular contributor to HIFA.

Best wishes, Neil

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