Adelaide (Boothby) doctors and medical students demand climate action now
From Cairns to Curtin, Bondi to the Alice, Glenelg to Cottesloe; DEA members and Friends of DEA have been meeting with their members of Parliament and candidates. They are seeking an ambitious national plan to cut climate pollution this decade, the establishment of a national Sustainable Healthcare unit, a national climate change and health strategy, along with the protection and restoration of nature.
The Picnic Party for Our Planet
DEA members Dr Kate Wylie, Dr Graeme McLeay, Dr Rob Ferris, along with student members joined forces with five other community organisations: Australian Conservation Foundation, Conservation Council SA, Australian Religious Response to Climate Change and Australian Parents for Climate Action for the Picnic Party for Our Planet in Boothby (Adelaide).
The event was an amazing success and everyone had a lot of fun. DEA’s doctors throughout Australia and many other community organisations are calling for climate action this decade. Climate change caused by the burning of fossil fuels has clear health impacts. Communities throughout Australia expect drastic action on climate change this decade. #TogetherWeCan take #ClimateActionNow #ForHealthsSake
DEA’s doctors hand over signed postcards demanding the federal government take action on climate and health
Dr Kate Wylie (GP and founder of Climate Medicine), Dr Graeme McLeay (retired Anaesthetist), Dr Pam White (GP), Dr Kate Katambi (GP) and Dr Trevor Collinson (Surgeon) explain DEA’s five policy asks for the federal election and why doctors in Adelaide want climate action now.
The Boothby Climate and Health Candidate Forum
Doctors for the Environment want investment in fossil fuels to cease with a transition to 100% renewables by 2030 with a emissions reduction of 75% by 2030 along with biodiversity protection.
71% of people in Boothby believe that the benefits from greater action on climate change outweigh any costs involved & 72% of people believe greater action on climate change will benefit the Australian economy.
Want to know where Liberal Candidate Rachel Swift, Independent Candidate Jo Dyer, Labor candidate Louise Miller-Frost & Greens candidate Jeremy Carter stand on these issues? Watch the recording of this online event to find out. There has never been a more critical time for Australia to address climate change, and it needs to happen this decade.
Watch a recording of the Boothby Candidate Forum
Sign our postcard
Dear Prime Minister Scott Morrison,
The electorate of Boothby and surrounds call on you to:
1. Adopt an ambitious national plan to cut climate pollution (emissions) this decade
To protect health, with strong, science-based targets that at minimum match our key allies and trading partners. This plan would include:
- banning new coal, gas and oil projects and ending public funding to fossil fuels;
- accelerate transition to electric vehicles; and
- delivery of 100% renewable electricity by 2030.
2. Establish a national Sustainable Healthcare Unit
To support environmentally sustainable practice in healthcare and reduce the sector’s own significant carbon emissions.
Targets for healthcare sector:
- 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030,
- net zero carbon emissions by 2040.
3. Develop a national climate change and health strategy:
- to protect and maintain the health of all Australians by risk assessment, mitigation and adaptation planning for climate disruption and climate emergencies by all levels of government;
- to make all levels of the healthcare sector – federal, state and community-based – more resilient through climate disaster, infrastructure and workforce planning.
4 Protect and restore nature through:
- urgent reform of Australia’s environment protection laws – including implementing the recommendations of the 2020 review of EPBC Act (the Samuel Review);
- ensuring Australia’s commitments under the Global Biodiversity Framework are met.
Sign the postcard