Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
AMA declares climate change a health emergency



Download PDFDownload PDF

MARK BUTLER MP

SHADOW MINISTER CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY MEMBER FOR HINDMARSH

CHRIS BOWEN MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH MEMBER FOR MCMAHON

AMA DECLARES CLIMATE CHANGE A HEALTH EMERGENCY

The Australian Medical Association has formally declared climate change a health emergency, pointing to “clear scientific evidence indicating severe impacts for our patients and communities now and into the future”.

Climate change and health challenges are intrinsically linked; the World Health Organisation has described climate change as “the defining health challenge of the 21st century”.

Australia’s health experts have already estimated that:  Heatwaves in Victoria in 2009 and 2014 contributed to 374 and 167 excess deaths respectively;  Climate change is increasing the likelihood of events such as the 2016

thunderstorm asthma event in Victoria, which caused a 3,000 per cent increase in asthma related admissions to intensive care; and  Reduced productivity due to extreme heat already costs the Australian economy over $8 billion annually and the economic losses and health risks

will increase significantly as climate change impacts worsen. This is why Labor took to the election a plan to develop Australia’s first National Strategy on Climate Change and Health.

Yet the Morrison Government remain committed to ignoring growing calls for real action on climate change. They have no plan to cut emissions, no plan to adapt to climate impacts and no plan to safeguard Australians health.

Just this past Friday the Government’s own latest emissions data showed in the year to March 2019 Australia’s carbon emissions rose 0.6 per cent.

Australians have come to expect this from a Government that is not serious on

taking real action on climate change. The Liberals record on climate speaks for itself:  Carbon emissions have been continuously rising since 2014.  Government projections show the Liberals will miss the 2020 Kyoto

commitment of a 5 per cent cut on 2000 levels.  Government projections also show emissions will keep rising all the way to 2030 - missing their already inadequate 2030 target by a huge margin.

TUESDAY, 3 SEPTEMBER 2019

MEDIA CONTACTS: LUCY CARUSO (BUTLER) 0408 803 428 LIZ FITCH (BOWEN) 0424 512 512