This section has our latest media work (including media releases, opinion editorials, radio and television interviews, and letters to the editor), as well as the latest submissions, publications, briefing papers and position statements.

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Radio Waatea Interview

Interview with Co-convenor Dr Rhys Jones about the climate change legal case brought by Sarah Thomson. Listen here.

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Health professionals welcome NZ climate target legal challenge

Health professionals are welcoming a Waikato law student’s legal challenge of the NZ Government’s weak target for reducing climate emissions.

Sarah Thomson is suing the Government, claiming NZ’s greenhouse gas emissions targets were arrived at illegally, and that the pledge NZ will take to the upcoming international negotiations in Paris is “unreasonable and irrational”.

Earlier this year many health professionals and organisations – representing doctors, nurses, and public health professionals – submitted on NZ’s post-2020 climate target. Their submissions called for ambitious targets that would protect and promote the health of New Zealanders. They included the NZ Medical Association and the NZ Nurses Organisation, representing over 50,000 professionals.

But the consultation process made it clear that the health gains from climate action and the human health costs of inaction were being ignored. The emissions reduction target eventually submitted by New Zealand – an 11 percent reduction on 1990 levels by 2030 – has been widely condemned as grossly inadequate.

“New Zealand’s target is much lower than what scientists say is needed from countries to avoid dangerous levels of climate change that will be catastrophic to human health,” says Dr Rhys Jones, co-convenor of OraTaiao: The NZ Climate and Health Council. “Yet well-planned action to reduce climate-damaging emissions could immediately improve our health and wellbeing.”

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Climate change, health and general practice in New Zealand

Article in GP Pulse, October 2015, by Dr Alex Macmillan and Dr Rebecca Randerson. Read here.

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Will developed countries recognize their right-to-health obligations in Paris?

Dr Alison Blaiklock's contribution to the Health and Human Rights Journal COP21 series. Read here.

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People's Climate March

OraTaiao is excited to be a partner organisation in the upcoming 2015 Peoples Climate March NZ, 28 November. This is a chance for New Zealanders from all walks of life - including health - to tell Governments and climate negotiators that commitment to urgent, healthy, and fair climate action is what we must see at Paris.  These may be the largest global marches in history!

www.peoplesclimatemarch.org.nz/

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Health and Human Rights Journal COP21 Blog Series

Blog contribution to this international journal series by Gay Keating from OraTaiao - about climate change, health and human rights. 

http://www.hhrjournal.org/2015/10/22/cop21-series-tackling-climate-change-is-great-for-global-health/

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Tackling climate change is great for global health

Dr Gay Keating's contribution to the Health and Human Rights Journal COP21 series.  Read here.

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Joint NZ Health Professional's Call for Action on Climate Change and Health

Eighteen of NZ’s most prestigious health professional organisations are today calling for action on climate change and health, pressing for New Zealand to take urgent action on this critical health issue.

These health groups represent tens of thousands of doctors, nurses, midwives, public health workers, and medical students as well as leading Universities. They are calling on the NZ government, the health sector, and all levels of society to make an urgent transition to a low-emissions NZ, in a way that boosts health and creates a fairer society. Full text with signatories - as of April 2018. Media release.

The release of the NZ ‘Call for Action’ coincides with a global day of action by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and the issuing of a their global Consensus Statement ‘Act now to reduce the damaging health impacts of climate change’  aimed at the UN global climate negotiations in Paris in December.

The Health Organisations that have signed the NZ 'Call for Action' include:

• OraTaiao: The NZ Climate and Health Council
• The Royal Australasian College of Physicians
• The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA)
• NZ Nurses Organisation
• Health Promotion Forum of NZ
• Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
• NZ College of Public Health Medicine
• NZ College of Midwives
• Public Health Association of NZ
• Colleges of Nurses Aotearoa NZ
• New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists
• The University of Auckland Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
• The University of Otago Division of Health Sciences
• Auckland University Medical Students Association
• Medical Students for Global Awareness
• NZ Medical Students Association

Also, sign the World Health Organization 'Call for urgent action to protect health from climate change'

See Global Climate and Health Alliance 'Our Climate Our Health' campaign here and RACP DoctorsforClimateAction.

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‘Our Climate Our Health’ campaign puts health at the heart of climate action

A global climate-health campaign ‘Our Climate Our Health’ launched this week aims to put health at the heart of climate negotiations and policy.

The Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA) campaign aims to raise awareness of the ways that climate change impacts on health, and the health benefits of climate action.

‘Our Climate Our Health’ joins the building health voice calling for health to be central to climate negotiations and policy, along with ‘Doctorsforclimateaction’, the World Health Organization, and NZ Health Professionals.

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16 health professional groups call for healthy climate action in NZ

Sixteen of NZ’s most prestigious health professional organisations are today calling for New Zealand to take urgent action on climate change and health, a critical health issue.

These health groups represent tens of thousands of doctors, nurses, midwives, public health workers, and medical students, as well as all the medical and health sciences staff and students at Auckland and Otago Universities.

The 16 groups are calling on the NZ government, the health sector, and all levels of society to make an urgent transition to a low-emissions NZ, in ways that boost health and create a fairer society.

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