No Time for Games: Children’s health and Climate Change report

No Time for Games: Children’s health and Climate Change report

Australian children are the ones who will be most likely to suffer from increased cases of disease and infection as a result of climate change, former Australian of the Year and leading paediatrician Professor Fiona Stanley has warned.

A new report by Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA), a national organisation of medical doctors which raises awareness about the link between health and the environment, finds changing weather conditions are expected to make some illnesses like gastroenteritis and asthma more common or more severe and more likely to threaten the lives of Australian children.

It also says that children in particular will suffer psychological or physical trauma from increasing bushfires and floods, and they are more at risk from diseases that have been previously uncommon in Australia, such as dengue fever.

The report, No Time for Games: Children’s Health and Climate Change also highlights the need for GPs and hospitals to start preparing health systems to cope with the increasing impacts of climate change.

The report comes ahead of the Government’s soon to be released emissions targets which it will take to the global climate change summit in Paris in December later this year.

Professor Stanley will launch the report in Perth on Sunday 31 May in the Federal seat of Curtin, held by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop who is expected to be Australia’s lead negotiator in Paris.

The report makes four key recommendations to tackle climate change:
– Strong targets in the Paris climate change meeting in December
– Urgent transition to clean energy sources
– Realise the potential local benefits of curbing climate change, such as reduced air pollution and better designed cities
– Government measures to help health and emergency services prepare for the demands placed on infrastructure by climate change

You can read the report in full here.

Source: Doctors for the environment Australia

Date: June 2015

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