DEA's No Time For Games campaign, which has placed children's health in a changing climate on the national agenda, concluded today at Parliament House in Canberra. A DEA contingency delivered thousands of pledges as well as endorsements from major medical colleges to the Health Minister Greg Hunt, even though he was unavailable to meet us. The campaign culminated in a parliamentary motion in the House by Zali Steggall OAM MP and was seconded by Helen Haines MP. The motion recognised that human-induced climate change is one of the biggest and most urgent health threats to children, and calls on the government to decarbonise by 2050 to reduce the intensity and occurrence of extreme weather events. Read the full motion in the Hansard.
MS STEGGALL: I move:
That this House:
(1) notes a national health campaign, No Time for Games, comprising the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Royal Australian College of Physicians, the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, the Australian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians, the Australian College of Emergency Medicine, the Australian Medical Students Association and other organisations representing over 10,000 doctors and medical students nationwide, is calling for the Parliament to officially recognise that climate change represents one of the biggest and most urgent health threats to our children, requiring immediate and effective action;
(2) recognises that human health is adversely affected by human induced climate change, and that many in the Australian community, including our children, will be more susceptible to: (a) heat related illness and death due to increased temperatures; (b) respiratory disease and death caused by burning fossil fuels; and (c) deadly hypoallergenic conditions like thunderstorm asthma which is exacerbated by longer allergy seasons and more severe weather events; and
(3) calls on the Government to reduce the incidence of these health effects by acting to develop and
implement a plan to de-carbonise every polluting sector by 2050, which will reduce the incidence of
extreme temperatures and more severe weather events.
Read the full Hansard transcript HERE.
Ms Steggall has also started a petition: https://www.zalisteggall.com.au/motion-for-health-impacts-a…
Today's No Time For Games event outside Parliament included a number of impactful speeches. We extend our thanks to:
Senior Australian of the Year 2019 and paediatrician Dr Sue Packer OA, Mark Butler MP, Helen Haines MP, Zali Steggall OAM MP and Andrew Wilkie MP.
Our heartfelt thanks also go to the dedicated campaign team led by Dr Ingo Weber, as well as the thousands of individuals who pledged their support, medical and health groups that endorsed the campaign such as RACP, ACEM, RACGP, ACRRM, ACSEP, DRS, AMSA and CAHA, and our friends at AYCC, CCL, CMWS, FCA, TAI, HS4C, Parents for Climate Action.
As DEA often stated during this extraordinary campaign: it's No Time For Games- It's Time to Act!
Image: From left to right are Drs Ingo Weber, Kim Loo, Arnagretta Hunter and John Iser.