ABC Opinion: Climate change is World War III, and we are leaderless


Along with the rest of the Western world, Australia now more than ever is bereft of leadership on crucial action to curb global warming, writes DEA’s Honorary Secretary Dr David Shearman. However in order to save lives, the need for change must be accepted by the corporate empires that pollute and exploit the natural environment, and by our political class starting with our new PM Scott Morrison. Read more—>

Australia’s response to climate change is “devious”, and under the pretence of action the transition to renewable energy has been carefully managed to prolong the life of polluting coal-fired power, putting the lives of people — and of children in particular— at risk.

Winston Churchill’s stirring, “We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds” is as relevant during WW2 as it is now; and it has to become equally inspirational on changes in lifestyle, encompassing rampant consumerism, energy transition, recycling, modifying diet, protecting biodiversity and, ultimately, a sharing of finite resources. 

Dr Shearman implores on our leaders to closely study a DEA report on children and climate change that was co-authored by leading medical scientist Professor Fiona Stanley to “avoid burning their futures in a hot, hungry, stormy and resource-conflicted world”, and to “call for a personal briefing by Australia’s leading climate scientists on these and related issues.”

Dr David Shearman is the Honorary Secretary of Doctors for the Environment Australia and Emeritus Professor of Medicine at Adelaide University.

First published in ABC Opinion on 28 August 2018


Relevant resources

 Climate Change and Health in Australia fact sheet

 No Time for Games: Children’s Health and Climate Change


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