Doctors are relieved that carbon trading will not come at the expense of renewable energy investment.
Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) commends the Federal Government for its continuing commitment to investment in renewable energies when it substitutes the carbon tax with carbon trading. The government announced its early transition to a carbon trading scheme this week.
DEA is concerned about the impact on health from climate change and pollution by emissions from fossil fuels.
Health is impacted when air, water and soil are polluted with the combustion of coal, oil and gas. In addition, fossil fuel emissions are a major driver of climate change.
Climate change is recognised by the World Health Organization as one of the biggest health issues of this century. See DEA’s policy and position statements of the health impacts of climate change here: http://dea.org.au/about/file/policy_docs
Having a price on carbon encourages development of healthier alternative energy sources. The promised investment in renewable energies is vital for a transition to a low carbon economy and a healthy future.
With the announced reduction to biodiversity funding, it will be important to see that there are sufficient measures to help land managers establish, manage and enhance native vegetation on their land. Protecting biodiversity benefits everyone by increasing our stores of carbon in the landscape and protecting ecosystems – and this in turn protects health.
DEA will be watching to see how further policy details impact on this and other parts of existing climate change structures such as the Climate Commission.
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