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:
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: