Newcastle Herald: Climate change will make droughts more frequent, making David Littleproud's comments even more extraordinary


Agriculture is on the frontline of a climate emergency. Farmers’ livelihoods depend on their capacity to survive changes such as drought; and everyone’s survival depends on their ability to continue growing our food. So why does Australia not have a plan to cope with climate change events? asks DEA's NSW Chair Dr John Van Der Kallen. Read more-->

The UK has legislated for the National Adaption Programme (NAP) which includes a plan for dealing with drought – in the UK!- and it has designated 2019 the “Year of Green Action”. 

In Australia, a comprehensive way of tackling the health impacts of climate change has been put forward by health groups, including DEA. The National Strategy for Climate, Health and Well-being  has been endorsed by the Labor party, but has yet to be taken up in federal government policy.

It’s time Australia creates a binding national adaptation program and takes climate change seriously.

Dr John Van Der Kallen is a rheumatologist based in Newcastle and the NSW chair of Doctors for the Environment Australia

This oped was first published in the Newcastle Herald on 31 August 2018.

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