Dr Sujata Allan says that in her practice, she has already seen the toll a warming planet has taken on her patients. She states there is widespread concern about global heating among the medical profession, medical colleges, the AMA and other groups, and urges a co-ordinated national strategy to prepare our towns, communities, and health practices for climate change impacts.
Dr Allan says extreme weather events such as drought, bushfires and heat are a health issue, and tackling the root causes of climate change – the burning of fossil fuels – is vital.
Recognising that climate change is a health emergency means no new coal mines, and transitioning towards renewable energy, starting now.
Dr Sujata Allan is an Armidale GP and a member of Doctors for the Environment Australia.
Read the article in full in The Armidale Express, 22 October 2019.