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.