The natural world filters our air, provides fresh water and food, regulates our climate, protects against the spread of disease and pests and fosters our mental wellbeing. It also is a source of over one third of all medicines. As the preamble on the World Environment Day website states, 'To care for ourselves we must care for nature...It’s time to wake up. To take notice. To raise our voices. It’s time to build back better for People and Planet. This World Environment Day, it’s Time for Nature'. Read more about what DEA is doing to protect nature.
Find out more about World Environment Day and what you can do
World Environment Day is also a time for reflection on what we as a nation can do better to protect our environment.
Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) and the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) recently released an open letter, calling for Environment Minister Sussan Ley to strengthen Australia’s nature laws to protect health.
Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty and former Australian of the Year Professor Fiona Stanley were among more than 180 health professionals and 19 leading health groups who signed.
The open letter was released to the media on Monday 25 May.
It was reported on radio and in more than 160 publications, including the Australian, news.com.au, the Herald Sun, 7news, and more. It was the lead story in the Guardian.
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Image: Thank you, Emily Chen (DEA medical student member)