As a GP working in western Sydney, where temperatures can be hotter than the rest of the city, Dr Sujata Allan sees how heat affects vulnerable people every day. She writes that doctors are doing everything they can to ensure patients stay safe in extreme heat, but they cannot in good faith dispense short-term health tips for heatwaves without an urgent plea to tackle climate change. "The fact that this much-needed climate leadership is glaringly absent makes me sick," says Dr Allan.
Health professionals have described climate change as a public health emergency, and the World Health Organization calls climate change and air pollution, caused by burning fossil fuels, the greatest environmental risks to health.
Australia can shift to 100 per cent renewable energy, and export our low-carbon solutions to neighbouring countries to help them cut their emissions too.
All we need is the political will from all parties to take action.
Read the full article in the Sydney Morning Herald, where it was first published on 28 January 2019.
There is also a response to this article in the Letter to the Editor section, titled Sick of the Heat.