Honorary Secretary David Shearman, who co-authored an Open Letter to the Prime Minister instigated by Tony McMichael and Steve Leeder that was recently published in the MJA, has this week written to every Coalition Senator and Member, asking them to urgently consider the issues raised in the Open Letter and to support putting climate change on the G20 agenda.
In the letter, Dr Shearman wrote:
I enclose for your information correspondence that I and other senior members of the medical and health sciences profession have sent to the Prime Minister regarding the G20 meeting in November.
The issues raised in this letter are of world-wide importance as recognised in the statements of many of the governments attending the meeting.
The G20 has a priority to discuss economic growth; and it is now recognised by leading economists, the World Bank and the IMF that climate change is an important factor in diminishing effective economic growth because of the need to fund reparations from extreme weather events.
Climate change is also recognised as a security issue by the US Military because of its role in the escalating number of refugees and displaced persons around the globe.
Of particular concern to us as health and medical professionals, are the serious health implications of unabated climate change to human wellbeing which are detailed in the attached letter.
We hope the Coalition government will facilitate this debate at the G20 and that you will lend your support to this need. The urgency to act cannot be overstated.
Dr David Shearman FRACP