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Activating Change: Delivering Our Methane Letter at Parliament House

"Addressing methane pollution isn't just an environmental issue—it's critical for public health," stated Rae Knopik, Fundraiser and Digital Campaigner at Healthy Futures, as she stepped up to Parliament House on a rainy Monday morning, 3 June 2024, at 10:00 am. With a clear mission in mind, Rae delivered an urgent open letter highlighting methane's profound impacts on our environment and health. This effort underscores Healthy Futures' commitment to advocate for stringent fossil methane emissions regulations, which are essential for mitigating climate change and improving public health.

Why Methane Matters

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, exacerbating global warming and posing severe health risks. Its impact on climate change intensifies extreme weather events and contributes to respiratory illnesses and other health conditions. Addressing methane emissions is crucial to safeguarding public health and achieving sustainable environmental outcomes.

The Call to Action

Healthy Futures, alongside ten leading health organisations, spearheaded an open letter to the Hon Chris Bowen, Minister for Climate Change, urging immediate action on fossil methane reduction. The letter emphasises the need for robust regulations and ambitious targets aligned with international standards to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

A Voice of Advocacy

The signatories to the letter represent over 350,000 Australian healthcare workers, and the message is clear: climate action is needed now. For methane, the letter urges: 

  • Ambitious Reduction Targets: A 75% reduction in fossil fuel methane emissions by 2030, as recommended by the International Energy Agency
  • Enhanced Monitoring and Reporting: Implementing stringent methane measurement, reporting, and verification standards to ensure transparency and accountability.
  • Mandatory Leak Detection Programs: Instituting mandatory programs to detect and repair methane leaks in fossil fuel operations is crucial for reducing air pollution and protecting public health.

Joining the Movement

  1. Make a tax-deductible donation to help publicise this letter and increase the pressure on Bowen
  2. Share this campaign with a colleague or friend who should join our movement.

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