After the election: A message from our Executive Director
Monday 20 May 2019
Climate action is a long game.
As we digest the news of the election result, I want to write and say thank-you to our amazing supporters, members, partners, and allies who have helped support CAHA’s work to highlight the links between health and climate change - and propose solutions to respond.
When I quit my job in health policy in 2010 to work for climate action, the links between health and climate change were little understood among health and medical leaders, clinicians, policymakers and parliamentarians.
Nine years on, CAHA has led the agenda on climate and health in Australia and across the world.
The links between climate and health are now understood across the climate movement as a powerful message, and organisations, alliances, and initiatives have sprung up across the world to work on this issue.
Since 2016, we have led on policy development, conscious that, without the health sector’s support, guidance and encouragement, action to address health impacts of climate change would remain a gap in federal, state and territory policy.
This election is a set back for climate change and health in Australia - no question.
But we are more determined than ever to drive this agenda, to encourage and support the largest workforce, in the largest sector, to become leaders in the battle to limit global warming, protect health, promote justice, and ensure a liveable planet for our children, their children and future generations.