OraTaiao submission to Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, 17 September 2019
"We would like the government to take steps to ensure all default KiwiSaver providers are divested from the fossil fuel industry (companies involved in the exploration, extraction, refining, processing and burning of fossil fuels)."
Read full submission here (PDF).
Friday 27 September 2019, NZ and globally
OraTaiao is supporting the student led global climate strike calling for bold action on climate change. See our media statement 'Health professionals urge collective action to avert climate crisis'.Read more
Feature article by Bruce Tsai, Kendall Robertson and Susanna Lees Watts. NZMJ Digest Issue 91. Read here.
Stuff.co.nz: 'Plant based' diet could cut disease, hospital costs and emissions, NZ health sector says
Article on the benefits of a sustainable diet and why we need a strong Zero Carbon Bill with quotes from Dr Alexandra Macmillan, OraTaiao Co-convenor. Read here.
Interview here with Co-convenor, Dr Alexandra Macmillan, on the need for well designed climate policy.
Interview with Co-convenor, Dr Alexandra Macmillan, about why healthcare workers are demanding stronger action on climate change. Read more here.
MEDIA RELEASE, 29 August 2019
This morning at Environment Select Committee hearings, five health sector groups representing more than 55,000 health workers, called for health and fairness to be at the heart of a strengthened Zero Carbon Bill.
“We support a Zero Carbon Bill to help us stay within 1.5 degrees of global warming to protect people’s wellbeing from the impacts of climate change. It also needs to be strengthened to take advantage of the huge opportunities of well-designed climate policy for better health and wellbeing. With well-designed climate policy we would expect to see substantial health gains,” says Dr Alexandra Macmillan, Co-convenor, OraTaiao: NZ Climate & Health Council.Read more
Interview here with Dr Alexandra Macmillan about why health professionals strongly support the Zero Carbon Bill.
JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT, 9 August 2019
The New Zealand Climate & Health Council and health promotion charity Doctors for Nutrition strongly support the new Sustainability and the Health Sector guidance announced last week as it will result in a much healthier population.
“People and the planet will both be healthier if we shift towards a plant-based diet, and cut back on meat and dairy, as recommended,” according to Dr Alex Macmillan, Co-convenor of OraTaiao: The NZ Climate and Health Council.Read more