Métaphysiciens Sans Frontières urges action against global climate change
“We must act now to save the phenom– I mean, save the planet”
The humanitarian aid organization Métaphysiciens Sans Frontières (MSF) released an official statement on Friday urging immediate governmental action to mitigate the effects of anthropogenic climate change, marking the first time that the organization has officially taken a stance on the issue. MSF involvement in climate change represents a major departure from the typical concerns of the organization, which have historically been limited to the provisioning of metaphysicians to areas devastated by war, famine, disease and other areas where metaphysicians are in especially short supply.
MSF spokesman Frank Jackson issued the statement on the first day of the organization’s annual convention, held this year in Denver, Colorado. Jackson explained that, “While we might have previously considered the issue to be outside of our purview, the likelihood that climate change will increase the prevalence of both natural and man-made catastrophes—the type of catastrophes that MSF has always considered a top priority—has led us to speak up where otherwise we might have remained silent.” The statement reflects a wider shift in policy, as the organization plans to begin lobbying the government for legislative action, a first in MSF history.
Despite the broadening focus, MSF leadership insists that it remains committed to deploying metaphysicians to the areas where they are needed most. “Even if climate change were to end tomorrow, America would still be involved in dozens of distinct but coextensive wars in Afghanistan alone,” cautions MSF board member Matti Eklund. “That’s not something we’re about to forget.”
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