Sydney 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.
Sydney doctors, medical students and friends delivered signed postcards to MP Dave Sharma in his office
The Climate and Health Forum in Wentworth
Watch the full recording of the Climate and Health Forum
Dear Hon David Sharma MP,
The electorate of Wentworth 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