News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Doctors call for immediate climate treatment – not denial

Friday 4 April 2014

Doctors call for immediate climate treatment – not continued denial

With the release of the latest report this week by the world’s leading climate scientists, New Zealand doctors are calling for a real response to climate change, whichrepresents a huge risk to every aspect of society including human health.

OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council points to the warning about the serious health risks of climate change by Professor Alistair Woodward of theUniversity of Auckland, the lead author of the climate report’s human health chapter.

Dr Rhys Jones, Co-convenor of the Climate and Health Council says: “There is still too much unhealthy denial on too many levels in New Zealand. We are wastingprecious opportunities to make a dramatic difference to health in this country and to protect ourselves from the very real threats posed by our changing climate.”

“Within New Zealand” says Dr Jones, “climate change is expected to widen existing health injustice for Maori, Pacific and lower socioeconomic groups, as well asimposing high costs on our economy.”

“We also agree with Professor Woodward that there are many ways to reduce future climate risk and at the same time promote present-day health and wellbeing”says Dr Jones. “There are unprecedented opportunities for real gains on illnesses relating to child poverty, physical inactivity, nutrition, and housing – while future-proofing ourselves against the serious health risks of a changing global climate.”

“Instead of unhealthy denial of reality, we have exciting opportunities to make a positive difference to New Zealanders’ health and wellbeing right now with policies thatpromote health and fairness – and protect our climate” says Dr Jones. “We could make real health gains with reductions in heart disease, cancer, obesity, Type 2diabetes, respiratory disease, motor vehicle injuries, and improvements in mental health.”

“Warm, well-insulated homes would make a huge difference to hospital admissions for respiratory illnesses. Our high-emissions transport infrastructure is designingexercise out of our daily lives with unhealthy results for ourselves and our climate. Each year New Zealanders lose 40,000 years of healthy life from physical inactivityand at least $780 million in health costs and lost productivity from obesity related illnesses.”

The Council calls for an end to the unhealthy denial that has paralysed New Zealand’s climate response for too long. “Our government has failed to acknowledge thesheer size and complexity of the problems we face. We need effective climate action now – as with most health treatments, the sooner we start, the better the outlookfor New Zealanders” says Dr Jones.

ENDS

OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council

www.orataiao.org.nz

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: Classics - Tales From Moominvalley
Can’t speak for the reading end of it but the Moomins ( or maybe the story about Margaret Wise Brown) were the most enjoyable subject to think about and write about during these whole first 50 issues of Werewolf. For that reason – and because the Moomins always reward re-reading – I’ve decided to reprint it. The only added element is a link to an interesting hour long documentary about Tove Jansson. More>>

ALSO:

Repping In The Pacific: All Blacks And Manu Samoa To Play Historic Apia Test

The All Blacks will play Manu Samoa in Apia on Wednesday 8 July next year as part of both teams’ preparations for Rugby World Cup 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Monarchy: Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Are Expecting Second Child

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child. More>>

ALSO:

2015: Elton John Plans Wellington Show

After nine years, Elton John and his band will return to Westpac Stadium, Wellington for one spectacular concert! The November 21, 2015 concert will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career... More>>

Book Awards: Jill Trevelyan's Story Of Peter McLeavey Is Book Of The Year

The story of Wellington art dealer Peter McLeavey and his gallery has won the prestigious New Zealand Post Book of the Year 2014 in a glittering ceremony in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: King Richard

Simon Nathan reviews 'Richard Seddon, King of God’s Own': My father grew up in Wellington during Seddon’s premiership... I can recall him standing under the Seddon statue in the grounds of parliament and telling me that Seddon had more backbone than Sid Holland and all his cabinet colleagues put together.. More>>

8 October: Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Coming To Auckland!

Dainty Group announced today that global superstar Miley Cyrus will bring her BANGERZ TOUR to New Zealand in October this year. This will be Miley’s first ever visit to New Zealand and there will only be one Auckland show before she takes her tour to Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Music: Lorde NZ Tour Confirmed In Four Major Cities!

In what will be her first ever New Zealand headline tour, Frontier Touring and Brent Eccles Entertainment are stoked to bring you four epic shows across the country! The all ages concerts take place late October/ early November in Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news