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.