Healthy Futures mobilises health workers and allies to tackle climate change and pollution
We’re campaigning for a world where communities can thrive due to clean air, clean energy and a healthy environment. Healthy Futures is a non-profit organisation that engages and empowers health professionals, students and community members to address climate change and air pollution.
Fossil fuel combustion produces air pollution that causes a range of illnesses including lung cancers, heart diseases and premature deaths. It is also Australia's most significant contributor to climate change. Our goal is in line with World Health Organisation recommendations for countries like Australia to end coal burning by 2030.
We succeeded in convincing superannuation giants HESTA and Aware Super, who manage billions of Australian healthcare workers’ super, to divest from coal companies that were driving pollution and climate change. Now we’re calling on Australia’s biggest polluter, AGL, to replace its coal power stations with renewable energy by 2030.
We believe anyone serious about promoting a healthy future cannot ignore the threat that climate change represents to our planet and our health. By working together we can advocate for change and improve the lives of people and the environment.
How does Healthy Futures work?
We campaign. Healthy Futures takes action, using people power to influence decision makers to effectively address health-related impacts of climate change.
We inspire. We raise awareness of the health impacts of climate change, especially the impacts of toxic air pollution from fossil fuels, educating audiences on health and pollution.
We mobilise. We engage healthcare workers and allies across the country to become active on climate change from a health perspective to help reduce pollution, mobilising them to put their concerns into action.
We are on the frontline. We work on the ground with frontline coal communities in the Hunter Valley, NSW; Latrobe Valley, Vic; and Rockhampton, Queensland because these are the communities hit hardest by the health impacts of coal pollution.
- We collaborate. We work with other health, community and environmental organisations to gain the best possible outcomes from our health and our climate.
Healthy Futures is a movement of healthcare workers and friends and we would love you to get involved. You can sign-up for regular email updates, become a volunteer or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.