CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Panelists talking about environmental health inequity say that if the medical profession was its own country, it would rank fifth in global carbon emissions.

This was the topic of discussion at Wednesday's University of Virginia Medical Center Hour.

Dr. Ebony Hilton, an anesthesiologist, and pediatrician Irene Mathieu are members of Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action.

Along with a medical student and nurse practitioner, they spoke about the connections between the environment and hospitals and answered questions about what people in the medical profession, specifically at UVA, can do to get involved.

"We may not be able to change national policy as just one person, but maybe we can speak out at the city council meeting about what going to impact environmental justice here and in surrounding counties. Maybe we can find out about something that's going on in a neighboring county and lend ourselves to that effort," Mathieu said.

Audience members participated in an exercise to find their "climate superpower." They combined what they love, what they're good at, and what needs to be done.