MEDIA STATEMENT, 3 December 2020
Evidence from the latest Lancet Countdown report show that climate change induced shocks such as wildfires and heat waves are claiming lives now and unless urgent action is taken then health impacts will worsen, so it is timely our government has just declared a climate emergency, said Dr Dermot Coffey, Co-convenor, OraTaiao: NZ Climate and Health Council.Read more
People don't need educating on cycleways, just do it. Dr Dermot Coffey. Stuff news, 10 November 2020.
We need to focus on the systemic and structural barriers to climate change actions, and to make use of health expertise in our climate change response.
Viewpoint by Michael Brenndorfer. Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, Vol 26, No 9, October 2020. Read here (PDF).
MEDIA STATEMENT, 9 October 2020
Following the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) announcement that it will commit to net zero carbon emissions by 2040, NZ health professionals are asking the NZ Government to require emissions reductions in our health sector in Aotearoa NZ.
Article by Dr Dermot Coffey. New Zealand Doctor, 7 October 2020. Read here.
Leaders need to lead on climate action. Rod Oram. Newsroom, 4 October 2020.
OraTaiao's scorecard rating political parties' policies on climate change & health is showcased in this comment piece by journalist Rod Oram. See here.
Article on New Zealand's General Election 2020 and OraTaiao's scorecard rating political parties' policies on climate change & health. Includes comments by Dr Dermot Coffey. Read here.
MEDIA RELEASE, 28 September 2020
Health professionals have expressed surprise at the silence around this century’s biggest population health threat in the 2020 general election.
“We have found that even some of our major parties have either no plans on what to do about climate change or have ones which are actively harmful. Having no good climate policy today is a bit like having no public health policy during a pandemic,” said Dr Dermot Coffey, Co-convenor of OraTaiao: NZ Climate & Health Council, on releasing an election scorecard today.Read more
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).
OraTaiao submission, 21 June 2020
We oppose the side-stepping of the participatory processes of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). The basic purpose of sustainable development in the RMA is not reflected in the Bill, and nor is the major principle of community participation in resource management decisions.
Read full submission here.