Briefing Papers and Position Statements


Letter to Climate Change Minister March 2021

Twelve health professional organisations have written to Climate Change Minister James Shaw asking for public health representation on the Climate Change Commission.

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Briefing to Incoming Ministers Dec 2020

The following briefing was sent to Ministers and Associate Ministers with portfolios in health, housing, transport, energy, building & construction, environment, agriculture, and climate change. Tackling climate change requires an all of government response.

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Letter to Finance Ministers May 2020

Fifteen health professional organisations wrote to Hon Grant Robertson (Minister of Finance), Hon James Shaw (Associate Minister of Finance), and Hon Shane Jones (Associate Minister of Finance) urging prioritisation of funding for a just transition to a climate-resilient, sustainable and low-emissions economy in the 2020 Budget.

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Briefings to Incoming Ministers Jan 2018

See links below for OraTaiao: NZ Climate and Health Council's briefings from January 2018:

 

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Briefing to the Incoming Minister of Health 2014

Climate change is among the most serious threats to health faced by New Zealand, but it also represents an unprecedented opportunity to improve health, create a fairer society,and reduce costs for the health sector.

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Climate Change and Human Health Discussion Paper

Bennett, Metcalfe, Jones. Human health discussion paper for climate change series by Engineers for Social Responsibility and the Sustainable Energy Forum...."Without rapid global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (particularly from fossil fuels), the world will breach its carbon budget and may experience high levels of warming (4-6oC by 2100) that render many populated areas of the world unable to support human health. However, if well-planned action to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions were undertaken globally and in New Zealand, there could be positive impacts not only for limiting climate change, but also for health".

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International Confederation of Midwives Position Statement on Climate Change

OraTaiao midwife member Lorna Davies led the development of this international position statement.

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