A joint statement addressed to energy ministers meeting at COAG by 150 concerned medical doctors: No NEG


WHAT:
A joint statement addressed to energy ministers meeting at COAG by 150 concerned GPs, emergency doctors, public health physicians, paediatricians, physicians, surgeons, medical students and other health specialists.

WHY:

As doctors, we call on the energy ministers to enact energy policy that protects public health as a matter of priority.

The National Energy Guarantee proposed by the Coalition Government fails health on the following points: 

  • Australia's emissions are rising.
  • The overall emissions reduction target, 26 per cent for the electricity sector by 2030, is woefully inadequate in meeting the Paris Agreement to curb global warming, a looming health disaster.
  • Doctors are already dealing with the human face of climate chaos in their clinics and hospitals as a result of extreme weather events including heatwaves, thunderstorm asthma, drought, cyclones and more. 
  • The NEG doesn't address the direct health impacts of coal, a major cause of air pollution and driver of climate change. Poor air quality is costing lives and causing multiple health problems.
  • The NEG does not provide a clear plan to transition towards renewable energy, nor for coal-workers to face a secure future.

This initiative took place at iDEA18, a national medical conference highlighting the vital link between planetary health and human health.

http://www.ideaconference.org.au

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Dr Graeme McLeay, 0429 416 172
Communications and Media Coordinator Carmela Ferraro, 04107 03074

IDEA18 is organised by Doctors for the Environment Australia

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We an independent organisation of medical doctors protecting health through care of the environment.

DEA is supported by a Scientific Committee of distinguished health experts:
Prof Stephen Boyden AM, Prof Emeritus Chris Burrell AO, Prof Peter Doherty AC, Prof Michael Kidd AM, Prof David de Kretser AC, Prof Stephen Leeder AO, Prof Ian Lowe AO, Prof Robyn McDermott, Prof Lidia Morawska, Prof Peter Newman AO, Prof Emeritus Sir Gustav Nossal AC, Prof Hugh Possingham, Prof Lawrie Powell AC, Prof Fiona Stanley AC, Dr Rosemary Stanton OAM, Dr Norman Swan


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