Media release: Young doctors shout out to @Commonwealthbank: #NoNewCoal

Young doctors across the nation will today start a week-long social media campaign aimed at pressuring the Commonwealth Bank not to fund new coal mines, including Adani, because coal is hazardous to health.

As part of the social media activities from Wednesday 27 June to Wednesday 4 July medical student Kaiya Ferguson (with four-legged friend Bella) has today released a compelling video message calling on the Commonwealth Bank not to fail in its moral duty to protect health.

Ferguson says it doesn’t make sense for the Commonwealth Bank to fund coal.

She says, “I’m really imploring you to look out for the health of Australians and people of the world”.

“ I hope you know by now that coal has devastating effects on health: It pollutes our water, pollutes our land, pollutes our air.

“It’s one of the biggest causes of climate change, the biggest thing affecting human health this century, and yet, you’re still willing to bankroll something like Adani.

“Additionally, the coal is going to be sent to India, where it’s going to be burned, and contribute to the 1.1 million air pollution deaths (in India) every year.

“Is that something you want to put your name against?”

Ferguson is a third year medical student at the University of Queensland and is a member of Doctors for the Environment Australia – a medical advocacy organisation that protects public health by promoting a healthy environment.

Commonwealth Bank has so far failed to rule out funding fossil fuels. It is also Adani’s transactional banker, and a lender to their coal export terminal at Abbot Point– close to the Great Barrier Reef which a report this week said was worth $56 billion.

A new study into international banks’ fossil fuel lending policies shows that of Australia’s big four banks, the Commonwealth Bank has lent the most to coal, oil and gas projects.

 

Media contacts
Kaiya Ferguson, 0498 124 080
Dr Sujata Allan, 0416 550 242

 

Resources

Kaiya Ferguson’s video
https://youtu.be/DRxqjj5SC1Y

Adani’s Carmichael Coal Mine and Health: Fact Sheet
https://www.dea.org.au/adanis-carmichael-coal-mine-and-health/

Climate Change and Health in Australia Fact Sheets
https://www.dea.org.au/climate-change-and-health-in-australia-fact-sheets/

Market Forces
https://www.marketforces.org.au

Banking on Climate Change 2017
https://www.ran.org/banking_on_climate_change

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