I’m concerned about what the implications of climate change will inevitably be for us, here in Australia, – especially over the coming summer, writes Kimberly Humphrey.
As an emergency medicine specialist, my first-hand experiences have made me acutely aware of the profound toll extreme weather can take on our health.
As the 14th highest carbon emitter and 3rd highest carbon exporter in the world, Australia must do its share to limit global warming to under 1.5 degrees. It’s critical that we abandon all existing fossil fuel projects, as well as any proposed ones – without exception – including the gas project in Beetaloo Basin.
We must also come to terms with the new reality of at least a 1.5 degrees temperature increase and its impacts and invest in strengthening adaptation measures.
The time for action is now. By taking swift action, we can address the challenges posed by climate change, protect public health, and build resilient communities that thrive in a cleaner and greener future.
Dr Kimberly Humphrey is an emergency physician and a board member of Doctors for the Environment Australia.
Read the oped in full in The Canberra Times