As the Institute’s leader from 1990 to 2004, he sparked a period of dynamism.
Eric Chivian believes it is important for physicians and other public health professionals to get involved in global environmental issues — that their role is to translate complex and abstract concepts into human health terms.
“Several of us physicians in this anti-nuclear physicians' movement started thinking of these global environmental issues — global climate change, loss of biological diversity, the ozone depletion — as, in effect, Armageddon in slow motion. These changes would cause devastating effects to the planet, to human civilization, by effects on food and water, infectious disease. But they wouldn't be immediate, like a nuclear weapon.” — Eric ChivianFrom MIT World