Human health ultimately depends upon the health of our planet. With the Adani mine steamrolling forward and temperatures soaring across the country, health professionals are increasingly concerned about the effects of climate change on health and well-being. Join your colleagues in Townsville, QLD, to call for action on climate change and health on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December.
Last week, Far North Queensland experienced the hottest November in almost a century. Townsville had its hottest November on record and Cairns experienced its hottest day ever recorded. This comes only weeks after the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which communicated the urgency of action on climate change in order to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees. If that wasn't enough, the annual Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change was released last week, reporting how the health of Australians suffers due to climate change and political policy inaction.
Simultaneously, Adani has announced their plan to begin work on their proposed open cut coal mine in the Galilee Basin. The project, whilst now scaled down, is in direct opposition to calls for Australia to phase out coal and address it's increasing carbon emissions.
All over Australia, health professionals are increasingly concerned about the effects of climate change on health and well-being. As some of the most trusted occupations in the country, the power of our voice to advocate for the health of our communities is hugely important to bring about the much-needed and tragically overdue change in climate policy.
Will you join health professionals raise awareness of the health impacts of climate change and the Adani mine?
When: Saturday December 15th 5pm, till Sunday December 16th 2pm.
What: On Saturday evening we will meet, plan our Sunday action, and learn about the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) Our Climate Our Health campaign and recently launched Health and Climate Adaptation Plan for Queensland (H-CAP). On Sunday, we will have a market stall at the Cotter's Market in Townsville, where we will have conversations with the public about heatwave first aid, the health impacts of climate change, and the Our Climate Our Health campaign. We will then move to the Adani office where we will take some photographs, in recognition of the public health implications of this mine.
Who: Health professionals of any kind and non-health people who care about their health.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and to join your colleagues advocate for health of our communities.
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