Thank you for your letter. We agree with the small-steps approach and have been working to lessen our environmental impact for many years. The small steps that we have taken include:
- Supporting doctors who wish to read online-only by canceling their paper subscription and encouraging them to subscribe to BCMJ Headlines, a notification emailed when a new issue is posted on www.bcmj.org. This action directly reduces the number of copies we print.
- Avoiding bag use, and using recyclable paper envelopes when needed.
- Working with an environmentally advanced printer, Mitchell Press, certified by www.canopy.org.
- Printing with vegetable-based inks.
- Using FSC-certified paper.
- Printing locally.
Our recently completed member survey (January 2022) again asked about members’ attitudes toward print versus online. As in previous years, a strong majority of members asked that we continue with print, and this preference holds when stratified for age and other demographic factors. The number of readers who favor print has diminished somewhat since the previous survey in 2016; this trend seems likely to continue, and perhaps in the future the BCMJ will become an online-only publication.
The BCMJ’s mission is to provide a forum for clinical education, medical news, opinion, and resources for BC physicians, and we—along with the majority of our colleagues from around BC—believe that this mission is best accomplished with a combination of print and online formats.
To cease your subscription to the paper edition, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. To remain informed about new BC-relevant medical content, subscribe to BCMJ Headlines, a notification emailed when a new issue is posted on our website, by going to www.bcmj.org and clicking on the “Free e-subscription” button. You will be asked to provide only your name and email address.
This letter was submitted in response to “Improving planetary health in BC: Taking small but important steps.”
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