AMSA Supports Student Climate Change Rally
13 March 2019
The Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) proudly supports this Friday’s School Strike for Climate, with medical students set to join other young people across the country to protest government inaction on climate change.
AMSA, which represents Australia’s future doctors, joins a coalition of organisations, including Doctors for the Environment Australia and the Climate and Health Alliance, in support of the school strike.
AMSA President, Jessica Yang, said today that AMSA and medical students understand and acknowledge the evidence of the effects of climate change on human health and the environment.
“As young people, and as Australia’s future medical workforce, we’re incredibly worried about the consequences of climate inaction for the health of all Australians,” Ms Yang said.
“January 2019 was Australia’s hottest month on record. The heatwaves and bushfires have devastated many communities and farms and agricultural industries.
“Other extreme weather events like floods and cyclones are wreaking havoc on people and communities in Australia and around the world.
“Young people, including medical students, are worried about our planet and our future.
“We call on the government to rapidly scale up its efforts to reduce Australia’s emissions and move away from fossil fuels to meet Australia’s energy needs.”
AMSA has a strong history of advocacy on climate change through its project, AMSA Code Green. AMSA divested from fossil fuels in 2018.
AMSA Code Green Project Coordinator, Georgia Behrens, said that Australian medical students understand the connection between the health of our planet and the health of our people.
“Our young people are taking responsibility for the state that our world is in, and want to change it,” Ms Behrens said.
“We can't do it alone. Our government needs to do more to protect the right to health of all Australians.
“It is disappointing that students have to miss parts of their education to communicate the seriousness of climate change, and how passionate this generation is about combating it. But it’s our future at stake. Please listen.”
AMSA Code Green continues to push for a sustainable Australia. Learn more about AMSA Code Green here.
AMSA 2019 Public Relations Officer
Published: 16 Mar 2019