Dear Mr Connolly,
I write as the Secretary for Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) in regards to Siemens’ involvement in Adani’s Carmichael coal mine and rail project.
DEA is the only organisation of medical professionals in Australia solely focused on promoting good health through care of the environment. Our membership base is diverse across all medical specialties.
As clinicians, the Siemens brand is well known to many doctors who regularly use your vast range of medical products. You have a solid standing in the medical community. We commend you for your commitment to addressing climate change and ambitious target of carbon neutrality by 2030. The decision then of Siemens to engage with the Adani project is surprising and disappointing and at odds with your otherwise strong stance on climate action.
Climate change is widely regarded as one of the greatest health issues of our time, and many health representative bodies are united in their concern and demands for action to address climate change.
In Australia, the Australian Medical Association declared climate change a health emergency in September 2019 and since then the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM), Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ), have all made similar declarations.
This Australian summer has brought the issue into sharp relief and made the climate crisis a reality as the range of impacts from droughts, bushfires, air pollution, water shortages and heatwaves continue to unfold. This is having direct impact on the health of millions of people in Australia.
We would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss Siemens’ involvement in the Adani Carmichael coal mine and rail project, and how this project will undermine attempts by the global community to address climate change and prevent the widespread health impacts associated with it.
Dr Richard Yin, Hon Secretary
Cc Mr Joe Kaeser CEO, Siemens
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