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Doctors send climate change message ahead of crucial UN conference | WONCA & RACGP

WONCA World Conference delegates donned green items of clothing in support of a call from doctors ahead of COP 28.

At the WONCA world conference held recently in Sydney, representatives from around the world stood in unison, advocating to protect the planet and life of earth.

Recommendations made:

  • Halt any expansion of new fossil fuel infrastructure and production
  • Phase out existing production and use of fossil fuels
  • Remove fossil fuel subsidies
  • Increase investment in renewable energy
  • Fast-track a just transition away from fossil fuel energy systems

Dr Maria Neira, World Health Organization Director for the Department of Environmental, Climate Change and Health, called climate change ‘potentially the greatest health challenge of the 21st Century’.


newsGP Article [Extract]

Organisations representing three million healthcare professionals have made a united call for the health risks of climate change to be addressed.

Family doctors in Canada, physicians in Brazil, GPs in Australia – and many other countries – joined forces at the WONCA World Conference to make an urgent call for governments to combat the growing health impact of climate change.

Gathering in front of media for ‘Green Day’, they voiced their support of an open letter with 40 signatories, including the RACGP, asking politicians to do more to protect their citizens from the health impacts of the crisis.

Speaking in front of a large international group of doctors who had donned green clothing in support of the message, RACGP Specific Interests Climate and Environmental Medicine Chair Dr Catherine Pendrey said that many attendees have directly treated patients impacted by climate change.


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