DEA and Medical Observer - Prescription for a Healthier Planet

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DEA and Medical Observer have prepared the "Prescription for a Healthier Planet" brochure. The effects of climate change pose the most serious of threats to the health of the world’s population. The potential consequences of global warming include increased storms, droughts and floods. In regions with already marginal water supply, billions could face further water stress. Disturbingly, it’s predicted some of these effects could be seen by 2020. Of the developed nations, Australia is most vulnerable to the dangerous outcome of climate change. Continued warming will lead to a massive loss of farmable land and food production; amongst the health risks are increased deaths and distress from heat-related illnesses and the exposure of millions to mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue Fever; ecosystems such as the Great Barrier Reef and Kakadu will be irreversibly damaged.

 

It’s not too late to take action to protect the health of our planet and our population. While governments and the business community need to do their part, it’s important to understand that the choices we make as individuals also need to change.
This brochure outlines steps you can take to reduce your personal “carbon footprint”. Many are simple, and may save you money. Others may require a little more effort – but collectively, our individual actions can make a difference and furthermore signal to governments that we demand decisive action in response to this global challenge.

The brochure is available for download here.