The Silent Killer: #climatechange and Public Health. @takvera reports on #HeatHealth report launch

John Englart

John Englart

Citizen journalist at No Fibs
John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.
John Englart
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John Englart
I am involved in various Moreland-based community groups including Sustainable Fawkner where I blog on local and sustainability issues, Climate Action Moreland and Moreland Bicycle Users Group. I am also a member of Friends of the Earth, off and on, since 1976, and wrote the contribution on the Rides Against Uranium in the 1970s for the Friends of the Earth Australia book to mark the 30-year anniversary of FoE – 30 Years of Creative Resistance.
Climate Council launch of Heat Health report. Photo: John Englart

Climate Council launch of Heat Health report. Photo: John Englart

The Climate Council released it’s new report on climate change and heat health, on the impacts of extreme heat on public health. Nofibs reporter and climate activist John Englart was there at the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital to document the occasion.

Key findings of the report include that:

  • 1. Climate change is a serious health threat for many Australians.
  • 2. As extreme heat events worsen, the risk of adverse human health impacts is increasing.
  • 3. Heatwaves can put intense pressure on health services.
  • 4. While the health sector has made significant steps in improving resilience to heatwave events, more needs to be done.
  • 5. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions rapidly and deeply is the best way to protect Australians from worsening extreme heat events.

Follow the presentations on twitter in John’s Storify curation of the launch of the report by public health researcher Dr Elizabeth Hanna, Climate Councillor Professor Lesley Hughes, Australian epidemiologist and public health researcher Professor Fiona Stanley, and Dr Stephen Parnis, an emergency medical doctor and Vice President of the AMA.

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