OraTaiao: NZ Climate and Health Council

Healthy Climate, Healthy People

We are health professionals calling for urgent and fair climate action 
for real health gains - now, and for our future.

 

 

Click here for the Health Professionals Joint Call for Action on Climate Change and Health

 

Newstream

Submission on the inquiry into climate adaptation

We take issue with the narrow lens the Climate Adaptation Framework is taking, namely the focus on weather-related concerns. Furthermore, health and well-being is often given little (if any) consideration when designing solutions for climate adaptation other than in the protection of health service facilities. This is a significant oversight due to each climate risk having health and well-being implications as part of the cascading risk profile. We highlight that the wider health sector has recently created climate change scenarios in line with XRB Climate Standards. The best way to minimise the long-term costs relating to adapting to the physical risks of climate change is to continue rapid and significant investment in climate change mitigation.

OraTaiao's full submission to the Finance and Expenditure Committee, prepared by Dr. Dermot Coffey and Vicktoria Blake, is available here.

 

Submission on international shipping and aviation emissions

We strongly support bringing emissions from international shipping and aviation into our existing climate response framework. Incorporating international aviation emissions into our existing systems would allow the tourist industry to pivot with support to a post-fossil fuel world. We resist efforts to protect the status quo, namely, the international shipping industry not paying its fair share for the climate damage it causes.

OraTaiao's full submission to He Pou a Rangi The Climate Change Commission, prepared by Dr Dermot Coffey, is available here.

 

 

Submission on Aotearoa New Zealand's 2050 emissions reduction target

We strongly support strengthening our 2050 targets, acknowledging the significant health gains associated with well-designed climate action and the necessary deepening of such action that global equity demands. We call for swifter and more ambitious cuts in our short-lived and long-lived gases. This is in recognition that the window for remaining under average warming of 1.5˚C is much smaller and closing. The risk of crossing irreversible climate tipping points should not be underestimated, and these need to be part of any decision on the rapidity of biogenic methane cuts.

OraTaiao's full submission to He Pou a Rangi The Climate Change Commission, prepared by Dr Dermot Coffey, is available here.

Submissions

Submission on the inquiry into climate adaptation

We take issue with the narrow lens the Climate Adaptation Framework is taking, namely the focus on weather-related concerns. Furthermore, health and well-being is often given little (if any) consideration when designing solutions for climate adaptation other than in the protection of health service facilities. This is a significant oversight due to each climate risk having health and well-being implications as part of the cascading risk profile. We highlight that the wider health sector has recently created climate change scenarios in line with XRB Climate Standards. The best way to minimise the long-term costs relating to adapting to the physical risks of climate change is to continue rapid and significant investment in climate change mitigation.

OraTaiao's full submission to the Finance and Expenditure Committee, prepared by Dr. Dermot Coffey and Vicktoria Blake, is available here.

 

Submission on international shipping and aviation emissions

We strongly support bringing emissions from international shipping and aviation into our existing climate response framework. Incorporating international aviation emissions into our existing systems would allow the tourist industry to pivot with support to a post-fossil fuel world. We resist efforts to protect the status quo, namely, the international shipping industry not paying its fair share for the climate damage it causes.

OraTaiao's full submission to He Pou a Rangi The Climate Change Commission, prepared by Dr Dermot Coffey, is available here.

 

 

Submission on Aotearoa New Zealand's 2050 emissions reduction target

We strongly support strengthening our 2050 targets, acknowledging the significant health gains associated with well-designed climate action and the necessary deepening of such action that global equity demands. We call for swifter and more ambitious cuts in our short-lived and long-lived gases. This is in recognition that the window for remaining under average warming of 1.5˚C is much smaller and closing. The risk of crossing irreversible climate tipping points should not be underestimated, and these need to be part of any decision on the rapidity of biogenic methane cuts.

OraTaiao's full submission to He Pou a Rangi The Climate Change Commission, prepared by Dr Dermot Coffey, is available here.

Submission on the Fast-track Approvals Bill 2024

Robust legislation governing land use and environmental pollution is vital for safeguarding people’s lives and their health. It is essential that changes to the existing legislation are an improvement on the status quo, rather than the dangerous and retrograde step in environmental governance for public health that the Fast-track Approvals Bill represents. The proposed Bill risks increasing public health disasters by bypassing meaningful environmental health safeguards, allowing Ministers to approve projects without considering the serious risks to people's safety, health, or to their fundamental human rights. We strongly recommend this Bill is rejected in its entirety.

OraTaiao's full submission to the Environment Select Committee, prepared by Dermot Coffey and Summer Wright, is available here.

Publications

Designing a healthy response to climate change

Article by Dr Dermot Coffey. NZMJ Digest Issue 99. Read here (PDF).

Nurses are crucial in the fight against climate change

Viewpoint by Michael Brenndorfer. Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, Vol 26, No 9, October 2020. Read here (PDF).

New Zealand asthma guidelines support use of environmentally friendly inhalers

Article by Dr Dermot Coffey. New Zealand Doctor, 7 October 2020. Read here

Scorecard for NZ Election 2020 - Climate Change and Health

Scorecard and report by OraTaiao: NZ Climate & Health Council rating political parties' policies on climate change and health for NZ General Election 2020. See here (PDF).

Our Work

OraTaiao: The NZ Climate and Health Council works to highlight in Aotearoa New Zealand and globally:

We also do work to inform NZ's contribution to international climate action; highlight the climate and wider...

Get involved with OraTaiao

OraTaiao: The NZ Climate and Health Council is a not-for-profit incorporated society that receives no external funding.

Activity largely depends on volunteer time, and membership donations to allow employment of a part-time coordinator. 

There are many ways you can support our work including: donations, volunteering, and spreading the climate-health message amongst work-mates, friends, whānau and your community.

You can also consider offsetting your unavoidable carbon emissions.

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Contact Us

For general Information:
[email protected]

Co-convenors: 
Dr Dermot Coffey
[email protected] 

Summer Wright
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OraTaiao Co-convenor Summer Wright

 

 

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