OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council comprises health professionals in Aotearoa/New Zealand concerned with:
- The negative impacts of climate change on health.
- The health gains that are possible through strong, health-centred climate action.
- Highlighting the impacts of climate change on those who already experience disadvantage or ill-health (equity impacts).
- Reducing the health sector's contribution to climate change.
We are part of a worldwide movement of health professionals and health organisations urgently focusing on the health challenges of climate change and the health opportunities of climate action. The Council is a not-for-profit, politically non-partisan incorporated society.
‘Healthy Climate, Healthy People’
Through urgent climate change action to bring about a just transition to a safe level of greenhouse gas emissions, and to gain better health, wellbeing and equity for current and future generations.
- To educate all New Zealanders on the threat of climate change and its effects on human health and survival.
- To promote interventions that combine health and environmental benefits.
- To encourage, particularly in the health sector, personal and organisational action on climate change.
- To promote a rapid reduction in New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions.
- To encourage societal responses to climate change that promote equitable health and social outcomes and are consistent with Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
OraTaiao signed the Doha Declaration on Climate, Health and Wellbeing of December 2012, which reflects an international perspective. OraTaiao is also a member of the Global Climate and Health Alliance.
We invite health professionals, health students and others to join us.