Medical activism needs to stay within the law

This letter written by DEA Chair, Professor Kingsley Faulkner was published in Medical Observer, 1st August 2014 and appears under a Creative Commons licence.

In response to your article, ‘Medical activism’ (MO, 20 June) the Management Committee of Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) wishes to advise that the organisation has a specific policy which states that it does not condone any illegal activity or civil disobedience. 

DEA is well aware of the urgency and seriousness of climate change and the need to curtail the carbon emissions which are the major factor contributing towards it.

It is also well aware of the concern, the frustration and the passionate determination of many people of all ages and walks of life, including medical doctors, who wish to express their opinions defiantly. 

However, as an organisation DEA will continue to tread firmly but carefully.

It is committed to act with conviction and resolve within the law and to add its voice to an increasing number of other organisations and individuals who share our concerns.

Our purpose is to help sway public opinion towards phasing out fossil fuel usage, developing and expanding renewable energy technologies and establishing a cleaner and healthier environment.

It is vital that public policy enlightenment is achieved so that Australia can become a leader rather than a laggard on climate change in the near future.

Dr Kingsley Faulkner, AM
Chair,
Doctors for the Environment Australia


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