Dr Kim Loo, GP and NSW Chair of Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) spoke with Human Rights Watch about the human rights obligations of the federal, state and local governments to act on climate change for the sake of human health in Australia.
“I’ve been working for so long in western Sydney over the last 30 years that I’ve felt the rise in heat myself,” says the doctor. “Heat has changed in its nature. And just seeing like my patients, how hot some of their houses are inside, where the internal temperature is just as hot as the external temperature.”
Dr. Loo is passionate about raising awareness of the health risks and impacts of rising temperatures.
Governments have a human rights obligation to protect their populations from the foreseeable harms of climate change-exacerbated heatwaves, particularly those most at risk such as children, older people, pregnant people, and people with disabilities.
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