Leadership on addressing climate change involves an urgent increase in the use of renewable energy to replace greenhouse producing fossil fuels. The use of fossil fuels for energy production is harmful to health both within Australia and internationally.
The co-benefits of doing this are a reduction in the huge health costs from cardio-respiratory disease caused by using fossil fuels for our energy needs.
The renewable energy sources wind wave and solar, have not been shown scientifically to have any health impacts. These modalities should be regarded as a key preventative health strategy.
A more rapid increase in renewable energy deployment is essential in fulfilling Australia’s commitment to green-house emission abatement and in holding world temperature rise to less than 2°C.