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VIC Action Planning Meeting

We're planning to deliver our 'Clean Energy for Health' open letter to the state parliament house to represent the health community's demands for a commitment to 100% renewable energy by 2030.

The letter delivery will take place on September 15, the last sitting day of parliament before the state election.

We hope to have guest speakers and a creative visual presence and we'd love your help to organise the event's proceedings.

Please join our online meeting for VIC health workers and community members concerned about the health impacts of climate change. No previous experience required - just a desire to help create an impactful activity!

Once you RSVP, a Zoom link will be emailed to you.

WHEN
August 29, 2022 at 7:00pm
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Help us deliver the ‘Clean Energy For Health’ letter on 15 September!

On the last sitting day of Parliament before the Victorian state election we will deliver our Clean Energy for Health open letter. We’d love you to join us to help send a strong message.

Signed by nearly 100 health workers so far and many health bodies, the letter urges the Victorian Government and Opposition to commit to 100% renewable energy this decade to protect the health of communities across our state. 

There will be guest speakers and a photo opportunity on Parliament steps representing the health community’s demands. We'll keep in touch with more information closer to the event but for now we'd love you to save the date and RSVP.

If you'd like to help us plan the event you can join us on Zoom on Mon 29th August from 7pm-8pm - click here to find out more.

We look forward to seeing you!

WHEN
September 15, 2022 at 12:30pm
WHERE
Victoria State Parliament House
Spring Street
East Melbourne , VIC 3002
Australia
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Regional VIC Group August Meeting

After an energising first meeting for our Regional VIC Action Group, we're excited to meet with you again to develop our campaign ideas on transitioning our state to a renewable energy future. 
If you are a doctor, nurse, health worker, student or regional community member we would love to have you join us on Monday 22 August to talk next steps.
No previous experience or participation is required.

Once you RSVP, a Zoom meeting link will be emailed to you.
Look forward to seeing you there!
WHEN
August 22, 2022 at 5:00pm
WHERE
Online (Zoom)
Gippsland
Australia
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Clean Energy For Health - VIC

Let's create a healthier future for all Victorians!

We know that climate change is the biggest health threat of the 21st century and that transitioning to clean energy will yield enormous health benefits right across the state.

In the lead up to this year's state election, we're calling for a bipartisan commitment from the Victorian government and opposition to support a policy of 100% renewable energy for Victoria by 2030. This will protect our health and our climate and is line with recommendations by the World Health Organization.

If you work or study in health, please sign the open letter.

If you’re a health organisation please email us here: [email protected]

If you don't work or study in health, we'd love you to share this page with your networks.

Organisational Signatories:

   HF logo Climate Health Alliance AEA logo      HSU logo  MSAV logo AMSA  

150 signatures

To: The Hon. Daniel Andrews, Premier, The Hon. Matthew Guy MP, The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Mr James Newbury MP, The Hon. Mary-Anne Thomas MP, Ms Georgie Crozier MLC

We, the undersigned healthcare workers, health organisations and health science students, call for a bipartisan commitment in advance of this year’s state election for 100% of Victoria’s stationary energy to be produced from renewable sources by 2030.

Climate change is the biggest health threat of the 21st century [1]. In Victoria we have seen firsthand physical and mental health impacts from increased extreme weather events such as bushfires and floods. During the 2019-20 bushfires an estimated 120 Victorians died from smoke inhalation alone [2].

Victoria’s biggest contributor to climate change is the burning of fossil fuels. This also produces air pollution that causes a range of illnesses including lung cancers, asthma, heart disease, stroke and diabetes as well as low weight births and premature deaths. 

Those of us who live and work in the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland are particularly concerned as the health impacts of air pollution from fossil fuel-based electricity are disproportionately high in these communities.  Burning gas in homes also contributes significantly to asthma [3,4].

A transition to renewable energy can yield enormous health benefits across the state. An analysis released in April this year estimated that bringing forward the closure of just one coal power plant to 2030 (Loy Yang A) would save 1500 lives, prevent 32,000 instances of child asthma symptoms and 1900 babies from being born underweight [5]. 

Climate change requires a bipartisan approach, and with this in mind we request that you make a commitment that if elected in November your government will commit to implementing a plan for 100% of Victoria’s stationary energy to be produced from renewable sources by 2030.

We urge you to protect Victorians from the twin health threats of air pollution and climate change by taking the above action.

We look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

 

[signatories]

 

[1] https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/climate-change-and-health

[2] https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2020/213/6/unprecedented-smoke-related-health-burden-associated-2019-20-bushfires-eastern (Box 2)

[3] https://www.car-cre.org.au/gas-and-health-position-paper

[4] https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2018/208/7/damp-housing-gas-stoves-and-burden-childhood-asthma-australia

[5] https://www.healthyfutures.net.au/loyyanga

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