Croakey recently hosted a Twitter interview with Fiona Armstrong, convenor of the Climate and Health Alliance, who is guest tweeting at @WePublicHealth this week.
You can see a summary of the tweet discussion below but in short it canvassed:
• Why there has been so little focus on climate change and health in the election campaign
• Some of the health impacts of climate change
• How might the issue be reframed to engage wider political and public attention
• The importance of a positive focus
• Lessons from other fields for getting the evidence about climate and health into policy and politics.
Beneath these tweets are details from a speech by US journalist Linda Marsa, who visited Australia while researching her new book, on climate and health, Fevered. Marsa warns that the 21st century will be like a disaster movie unless action is taken now on climate change, and says its effects are already being widely felt.
Thanks to US journalist Maryn McKenna for tweeting the news on Marsa’s book – especially as it’s unlikely to pop up in the mainstream media.
Why the lack of election focus?
What are some of the health impacts of climate change?
How might the issues be re-framed so as to be more engaging?
The importance of a positive focus
What can be learnt from other fields about how to get climate and health evidence into policy and politics?
Perhaps local government could also do more?
Voting for climate and health?