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May Newsletter 

 

DEA members put climate and health on the agenda in key electorates

With the federal election around the corner, Doctors for the Environment Australia’s hard work is now bearing fruit. Over the past year, DEA members and Friends of DEA have dedicated their free time and energy to raising awareness about the health benefits of climate action and encouraging MPs and electoral candidates to adopt more ambitious climate policies.  Teams have been working in five key electorates: Boothby (Adelaide), Leichhardt (Far North Queensland), Wentworth (inner Sydney), Higgins (inner Melbourne) and Curtin (Perth).
 

As doctors, we have a duty to lead by example and to speak out - as we have done in the past for tobacco and other risks to public health. Taking action is a ‘win-win-win’ because these actions benefit our health, environment and economy.
 

With this in mind, DEA has several election asks. We want an ambitious national plan to cut climate pollution this decade. Additionally, we want the establishment of a National Sustainable Healthcare Unit, a national Climate Change and Health Strategy, along with the protection and restoration of nature.

 

Doctors in the five electorates educated political leaders, health colleagues and local communities about the health impacts of climate change. DEA partnered with several organisations to deliver events and messaging.

 

Those involved in this national campaign helped to get thousands of postcards with our policy asks signed within their local communities. These were sent to local members of parliament in the five electorates. High visibility signs helped to attract attention and prompted countless conversations with the public about the health impacts of climate change.

 

DEA held Climate and Health Candidate Forums in each of the five electorates, where political candidates from major parties, the Greens and independents debated about their climate and health policies. These forums were either led by DEA or co-led along with other climate organisations.

 

In Wentworth (Sydney), DEA members placed ‘For Health’s Sake! Climate Action Now’ signs on their electric vehicles at their own cost to raise awareness.
 

All work was driven by DEA members’ immense energy and passion for climate and health.  Congratulations to all members and friends who took part in the campaign.
 

No matter the outcome of the election, climate action in the interest of health has certainly been elevated as an election issue, and DEA will continue to pursue this cause.
 

Read about the activities and events in each of the five electorates:


  

Boothby (Adelaide) 
Boothby members of DEA want urgent climate action now for health's sake
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Curtin (Perth) 
Curtin members of DEA want urgent climate action now for health's sake
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Leichhardt (Far North Queensland) 
Leichhardt members of DEA want urgent climate action now for health's sake
Read more
Higgins (inner Melbourne) 
Higgins members of DEA want urgent climate action now for health's sake
Read more
Wentworth (inner Sydney)
Wentworth members of DEA want urgent climate action now for health's sake
Read more
 

Please donate to our EOFY appeal!

As we draw closer the end of financial year, we need your support to achieve bipartisan commitments to ambitious climate policy in Australia.

Our work will continue, no matter what the election outcome.

It is only through the generosity and dedication of our supporters both financially and through active involvement in DEA that we will be able to continue to hold the government accountable and demand climate action.

If you are yet to donate this financial year or can consider a further donation, please donate to DEA’s End of Financial Year appeal.

All donations $2 and above received by 30 June 2022 are tax deductible in the 21/22 financial year. 

Our target this financial year is $120,000.

Please donate so we can continue to work towards our vision of a healthy planet, healthy people.


  

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iDEA Conference 2022: Register Your Interest

iDEA Conference 2022 - Time to Act Register Your Interest
Theme: Time to Act
Friday 2nd September – Sunday 4th September
The University of Melbourne

 
 
Join Doctors for the Environment Australia for our highly anticipated iDEA22 conference this September.

Hear from international and Australian experts about why now is the ‘Time to Act’ for a safer climate and a healthier future for our children and grandchildren.

According to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, it is 100 seconds to midnight and the ‘Time to Act’ is now. Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) have been at the forefront of raising awareness within the health sector that climate change is the biggest public health threat of the century.


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Acknowledgement of Country

Doctors for the Environment Australia’s members live and work around Australia. We would like to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners of these lands, in the spirit of reconciliation.
We recognise that First Nations peoples have cared for Country and lived sustainably for millennia, and that sovereignty of this land was never ceded. We pay our respects to First Nations Elders past and present, and to emerging leaders.

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