Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century. Effects of climate change on health will affect people across the globe, Australia and here in Victoria.
Warming is anticipated to increase four-fold in the coming decades which will create unprecedented living conditions. Australians are already experiencing the impacts from dangerous and deadly weather events from current and relatively modest levels of global warming.
Victoria one of the planet’s worst polluters per capita. The current government has made matters worse by cutting the greenhouse gas reduction target from 20 per cent to five per cent, making it harder for households to install solar panels, obstructing wind farm developments and expanding logging operations in Victoria's native forests.
No action on climate change means serious health consequences:
- More extreme weather leading to a rise in flood and fire related deaths and injuries.
- Children will suffer around 90% of the disease burden from climate change.
- More frequent and intense heat waves: heat-related deaths could more than double to 2,500 a year by 2020.
- Expanding ranges of vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue and Japanese encephalitis
- Infectious, water-borne and food-borne diseases such as gastroenteritis and hepatitis will increase
- Higher incidence of mental health problems
- Deteriorating water and food quality and availability
Sign the petition to the Premier - climate action is good for our health:
To the Premier Daniel Andrews,
Climate change matters and the health of Victorians matters.
Victoria needs a climate change health plan to comprehensively address the health impacts of climate change on Victorians.
Even more importantly, we need to do our bit to reduce our contribution to global climate change by reducing Victoria's greenhouse gas pollution.
Please take action, it's good for our health. Strengthen Victoria's greenhouse gas reduction target in line with the science, increase our energy efficiency target and support the development of renewable energy and sustainable jobs.