TAK­ING AC­TION

Element - - Climate Change -

Last Satur­day peo­ple gath­ered in ev­ery city in New Zealand for the Peo­ple’s Cli­mate March – the strong­est ac­tivist ac­tion on cli­mate change yet seen in this coun­try.

The march was part of a global net­work of marches, and was or­gan­ised here by a large con­glom­er­ate of over 30 or­gan­i­sa­tions – from en­vi­ron­men­tal char­i­ties like WWF, to so­cial agen­cies like Unicef, through to the Angli­can Church and the Rail and Mar­itime Trans­port Union. It’s an­other ex­am­ple of a grow­ing body of sup­port for ac­tion on the is­sue.

Yet an­other comes from the health pro­fes­sion­als of New Zealand. Six­teen of New Zealand’s most pres­ti­gious health pro­fes­sional or­gan­i­sa­tions have called for ur­gent ac­tion on cli­mate change and health, a crit­i­cal health is­sue.

Th­ese groups rep­re­sent tens of thou­sands of doc­tors, nurses, mid­wives, pub­lic health work­ers, and med­i­cal stu­dents, as well as all the med­i­cal and health sci­ences staff and stu­dents at the uni­ver­si­ties of Auck­land and Otago.

The 16 groups are call­ing on the Gov­ern­ment, the health sec­tor and all lev­els of so­ci­ety to make an ur­gent tran­si­tion to a low-emis­sions New Zealand in ways that boost health and cre­ate a fairer so­ci­ety.

Part of the or­gan­is­ing group for the Peo­ple’s Cli­mate March 2015; Melissa Irace, For­est and Bird; Niamh O’Flynn, 350 Aotearoa; Crea Land, Peo­ple’s Cli­mate March; Chris Howe, WWF; Jeanette Fitzsimons, Coal Ac­tion Net­work Aotearoa; Stu­art John­stone, Rail &

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