The Health Benefits Of Tackling Climate Change
What’s it about?
The health impacts of climate change are a cause for URGENT ACTION. In Victoria, local stories have emerged of overloaded emergency departments during extreme weather events and elderly patients being treated for hypothermia.
The recent bushfires, which indirectly affected three-quarters of Australians and the resulting hazardous air quality which we saw Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne each experience periods of the “worst air quality in the world” has provided a direct demonstration of the link between health and climate change and the fact that climate change is having an adverse impact NOW.
Conversely the benefits of climate action for public health are great. The Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) notes that the health benefits from climate mitigation policies reducing air pollution can offset the cost of implementation tenfold.
What will we cover?
Sustainability Victoria’s (SV) state-wide research investigated Victorian’s awareness and knowledge of the links between health and climate change. The research surveyed 3000 members of the public and over 600 health care professionals working in Victoria.
In this session we will share the key research findings and the issues it revealed, such as:
- Low public awareness of the health and climate change link
- Low knowledge of the types of health conditions that are likely to become
- Problems with the thermal quality of housing and impacts on health
- Emotional responses to climate change are concerning, particular among
- And lots more!
Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) is the peak body on climate change and health in Australia. A national coalition of groups and individuals, CAHA’s mission is to build a powerful health sector movement for climate action.
This presentation will cover:
- The health impacts of climate change
- The health benefits associated with strategies to reduce emissions
- Actions being taken by the health and medical professions and the health sector to tackle climate change
Who will be presenting?
Dianna McDonald is the Social Research Lead in SVs’ climate change team. Over the last four years she has conducted several projects exploring attitudes and behaviours related to climate change, including the 2017 comprehensive research, Victorians Perceptions of Climate Change. This was a significant report clearly showing that the majority of Victorians are supportive of climate action and expect all organisations, including business and local government to be playing their part. Dianna has a degree in communications and a Masters in Journalism and is a long term member of the AMSRS (Australia’s Market and Social Research Association).
Dr Rebecca Patrick is Vice President of the Climate and Health Alliance and Co-lead of the Health, Nature, Sustainability Research Group and Course Director, Masters of Health and Human Services Management at Deakin University. Rebecca is involved in multiple climate and health related projects at different scales including the Hobsons Bay Wetland Centre, Otways Fire and Rain Summit and a National Climate Health Research Network. Fairhaven is home, she is a surf lifesaver and her spare time is spent in the Ocean at Fairhaven or in the Bush of the Otways.
Thank you to The Gordon TAFE for sponsorship of the 2020 Clever Living Seminar Series.
We gratefully acknowledge the partnership with the Geelong Regional Library.
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