6 July 2018
Today members of 18 leading health professional organisations met with the Minister for Climate Change, Hon. James Shaw, to add their collective voices of support for a strong Zero Carbon Act.
The meeting, hosted by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, included organisations representing tens of thousands of nurses, doctors and other health professionals. Attendees were united in their call for decisive action on climate change to protect and improve health and fairness for New Zealanders.
“There is a strong consensus among health professionals that NZ needs a robust law to get to net zero greenhouse gas emissions,” says Dr Rhys Jones, co-convenor of OraTaiao, the NZ Climate & Health Council.Read more
29 June 2018
The latest reported draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C shows growing certainty that 2°C of warming is a dangerous step for humanity, and for the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders. Differences between global warming of 1.5°C and 2°C are “substantial” – damaging to communities, economies and ecosystems across the world.
As well as cutting carbon dioxide to net zero, rapid reductions in other gases, "particularly methane", are demanded by the UN report. The report also calls for "more emphasis on efforts to cut emissions before 2030". The Zero Carbon Bill will need to be further strengthened to ensure it is responding to the science.Read more
OraTaiao submission, 13 June 2018
'OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council welcomes the draft Report from the Productivity Commission on achieving a low-emissions economy for New Zealand. We recognise that the recommendation of the Commission to include emissions from agriculture in the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is a significant step in transitioning the NZ economy, however we consider that the target should be to a net zero emissions future with accelerated timelines.'
OraTaiao also propose some, 'principles by means of which the process to achieve net zero may be implemented. These include a more robust acknowledgement of the substantial co-benefits to health from well-designed reduction and mitigation, adherence to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and a commitment to address issues of inequities within New Zealand society.'
Recommendations are summarised in the submission.
7 June 2018
Health professionals welcome today’s public consultation launch for the Zero Carbon Bill, saying it is crucial for New Zealanders’ health. However, they warn that the Bill will need to be seriously strengthened for faster, fairer protection of a healthy climate.
The Bill (modelled on the UK’s successful Climate Change Act 2008), proposes a consistent policy framework for NZ to reach net zero climate pollution in the coming decades. This is vital for protecting human health and wellbeing, in the context of global action.Read more
Opinion piece by Rebecca Sinclair in Nursing Review, Issue 3. Read here (PDF).
Article by Rebecca Sinclair in Te Puawai: The Professional Update for Registered Nurses, May 2018. Read here (PDF).
OraTaiao submission on Wellington City Council Long Term Plan (WCC LTP) 2018-2028. 15 May 2018.
International treaty examination of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership
OraTaiao submission, 18 April 2018
'Climate change is a major threat to human health and ultimately to human survival. It worsens health inequities. It requires urgent action globally and in New Zealand to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions – particularly from fossil fuels.
'The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will create a more challenging legal environment for New Zealand (and other signatory nations) to pass the policy and regulatory changes necessary to achieve this.'
Read the submission here (PDF).
See links below for OraTaiao: NZ Climate and Health Council's briefings from January 2018:
- Briefing to Minister Shaw (Minister for Climate Change Issues)
- Briefing to Minister Genter (Associate Minister of Health, Climate Change and Health)