Advocating for government action on climate and health

In 2020, Climate and Health Alliance brought together over 100 thought leaders with futures experts for a Rewrite the Future Roundtable series to discuss possible alternative futures for Australia in 2030.

The resulting scenarios (Head in the Sand, Short Memory, Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places, We Can Do This, and Our Island Home) describe the future we might expect from a range of different pathways.

Guided by futures experts, and drawing on the expertise of the thought leaders, four narratives seek to answer the question/s: What will Australia look like in a decade if: there is no [policy] change; marginal change; maladaptive change; or radical transformative change?  

The elements of a preferred integrated scenario were also surfaced during a process of 'backcasting', i.e. how do we get to our preferred future? This informed the development of the Healthy, Regenerative and Just policy agenda as the roadmap to the preferred future.

The development of each of the scenarios considered the different social, technological, ethical, environmental, legal, ethical, and governance issues that might arise, and each scenario is accompanied by two case studies which describe the life of someone living in that scenario in 2030. 

Two publications emerged:

 

The Australia in 2030 scenarios aim to help decision makers and the wider community better understand the consequences associated with different policy choices, and to build consensus around a shared vision for a healthy, regenerative and just future for all.

The Healthy, Regenerative and Just policy agenda outlines the pathway, and the policies, we need, to get to the future we choose. A healthy, regenerative and just future is available to us. It is scientifically, economically, culturally, socially, and technologically feasible.

Some of the insights from our engagement in futures thinking remind us that:

  • the future will likely be different in many respects from the present;
  • the future is not fixed, but consists of a variety of alternatives;
  • people (i.e. us) are responsible for choosing between those alternatives; and
  • the policies, strategies and actions we choose can help us realise the futures we consider desirable and prevent those we consider undesirable.

Climate and Health Alliance urges decision-makers, fellow collaborators, policymakers, business leaders, civil society, influencers, academics, and the community to use the Australia in 2030 scenarios to provoke discussion, support conversations and dialogue, and to use the Healthy, Regenerative and Just policy agenda to guide policy and planning for the future.

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Healthy, Regenerative and Just. That’s our vision. 

While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented social, economic and cultural disruption across the globe, there is another global health crisis that poses a much greater threat to public health, human society, and our national and global economy -- climate change.

We cannot afford to delay action any longer. We must prioritise climate action for our health, our ecosystems, and our society.
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With input from 100+ experts across different fields, we have developed this new policy agenda for a Healthy, Regenerative and Just future.

This future is one in which we prioritise planetary health (Healthy) and the protection of ecosystems and earth systems on which our health depends (Regenerative), along with a culture of cooperation for collective benefit (that’s ‘Just’).

Building political support for this agenda requires a strong indication that health sector leaders support a future that is Healthy, Regenerative and Just.

30 organisations have already declared their support for this agenda. Will you join them? 

To add your support for the Healthy, Regenerative and Just policy agenda, please enter in your organisation's name and upload a copy of your logo.

 

 

Are you concerned about the health effects of climate change on your community?


Over 98% of healthcare stakeholders we surveyed want a national strategy on climate, health and well-being for Australia!


The Climate and Health Alliance is coordinating a health sector-led campaign calling on the government to develop a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia. We are calling on all those concerned about the impacts of climate change on health to join us to call for action to respond.

To get involved in this campaign, visit the Our Climate Our Health campaign website here.

Why do we need a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being?

Climate change is already having significant adverse effects on human health. These include physical and psychological trauma associated with extreme weather events, warmer temperatures contributing to worsening air pollution, spread of infectious diseases, and risks to food and water security, to name a few.

Consultation with healthcare stakeholders shows a majority consider current climate policies to be ineffective. There was almost universal agreement from respondents to our survey that a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being is needed.

We have now developed a Framework for a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia in collaboration with over thirty health and medical organisations following a year-long national consultation.

The Framework for a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia was launched at Parliament House in Canberra in 2017. The Australian Labor Party has committed to implementing a Plan based on this Framework if elected to government as have the Australian Greens - but, to date, there has been no such commitment from the Coalition.


How can you get involved?

We are calling on individuals and organisations to sign up to support the Our Climate Our Health campaign. Health professionals in particular are trusted and credible community members and are critical to the success of the campaign.

Organisations and individuals are encouraged to sign up to support Our Climate Our Health.Visit the website to sign up and we will keep you informed about upcoming events and actions that you can take to ensure the success of the campaign.

Please consider donating to the campaign – we can’t do this without resources, and every bit of support makes a critical difference!

Take a look at the resources page on the Our Climate Our Health website to see how you can get involved - and let your family, friends and colleagues know about the campaign.

You can email or meet with your local MP to share your concerns - see here for more information!


Whether you work in the healthcare sector, belong to a healthcare provider or are simply inspired to be part of the action, there’s plenty to do.


More information about this collaborative campaign is available at
www.ourclimate-ourhealth.org.au

Other information:

Discussion Paper and Reports from National Consultation regarding a National Strategy.

Previous work towards a National Strategy

To understand more about the campaign, download our presentation “Creating a climate where health matters”.


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