BURN­ING IS­SUE

Wanneroo Times - - Opinion - GREG GLAZOV, Gnan­gara Doc­tors for the En­vi­ron­ment WA spokesman

IN the Perth CBD on June 7, doc­tors and com­mu­nity mem­bers de­liv­ered per­sonal let­ters to one of the four big Aus­tralian banks sk­ing them to rule out fund­ing the pro­posed Adani Carmichael mine be­cause of its po­ten­tially se­ri­ous risks to the health of Aus­tralians.

Doc­tors for the En­vi­ron­ment Aus­tralia (DEA), a med­i­cal ad­vo­cacy group which high­lights the risks to our health that re­sult from dam­age to our en­vi­ron­ment, spoke out em­pha­sis­ing the health risks from this mine.

The mes­sage from DEA is min­ing coal in Queens­land and then trans­port­ing vast quan­ti­ties to burn over­seas is both a lo­cal and global health is­sue. If the mine goes ahead, it will sig­nif­i­cantly threaten the health of peo­ple in Aus­tralia and around the world.

As health ad­vo­cates we have a duty to in­form the pub­lic, politi­cians and busi­ness lead­ers. Given the po­ten­tially se­ri­ous risks to our health and planet, which we need for sur­vival, pro­ceed­ing with this mine is un­con­scionable. As doc­tors, we wit­ness the pain and suf­fer­ing that cli­mate change brings to our com­mu­ni­ties and we are com­pelled to speak out much as we have done with to­bacco and as­bestos.

We urge the Com­mon­wealth Bank and the gov­ern­ment to pri­ori­tise pub­lic health first and fore­most.

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