On Monday 16 September, DEA will deliver thousands of pledges calling for immediate bipartisan action on climate change which impacts on children most to the Minister for Health Greg Hunt MP, despite his unavailability to meet them . Speakers at the event outside Parliament House will include Senior Australian of the Year 2019 and Paediatrician Dr Sue Packer OA, Mark Butler MP, Zali Steggall MP and Andrew Wilkie MP. The pledges have been endorsed by The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP) the Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA), and more than 2000 health professionals, including Professor Fiona Stanley AC.
DEA collected the pledges as part of its No Time For Games campaign.
Dr Ingo Weber, spokesperson for DEA, says, “Climate change is a major health burden and children are especially vulnerable.
“This week alone we’ve had unprecedented bushfires in Queensland, record drought, which threatens the water security of country towns and regional livelihoods, as well as damage to vital eco systems such as the Murray -Darling and the rainforests of Queensland.
“If we keep up the pretence the old normal is fit for purpose, when very clearly it is not , we will be exposing the younger generation to the biggest threat to health people have ever known.
“The health voice is united: we no longer have time for games, we must act now and with urgency.”
Doctors wearing stethoscopes, surgical masks, bright coloured scrubs
A group of children will be available for photos/taping
9am: Introduction to the campaign No Time for Games
9:05: Dr Ingo Webber introduces the No Time for Games campaign
9:15 to 9:30:
• Senior Australian of the Year 2019 and Paediatrician Dr Sue Packer OA
• Mark Butler, Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy
• Zali Steggall, Federal Member for Warringah
• Andrew Wilkie, Independent MP
For more details contact:
Doctor for the Environment Australia Media and Communications Coordinator, Carmela Ferraro, 0410 703 074
DEA is an independent organisation of medical doctors protecting health through care of the environment http://dea.org.au
We are supported by a Scientific Committee of distinguished health experts: Prof Stephen Boyden AM, Prof Emeritus Chris Burrell AO, Prof Peter Doherty AC, Prof Michael Kidd AM, Prof David de Kretser AC, Prof Stephen Leeder AO, Prof Ian Lowe AO, Prof Robyn McDermott, Prof Lidia Morawska, Prof Peter Newman AO, Prof Emeritus Sir Gustav Nossal AC, Prof Hugh Possingham, Prof Lawrie Powell AC, Prof Fiona Stanley AC, Dr Rosemary Stanton OAM, Dr Norman Swan