Medical students concerned over breach of Paris Agreement
Media release April 11th, 2019
Australia’s future doctors are concerned for global health after the budget confirmed that Australia would cease contributing to the Green Climate Fund to help under-resourced countries mitigate their environmental impact, as was set out in the Paris Agreement.
Australian Medical Students’ Association President, Ms Jessica Yang said “These budgetary changes are in direct opposition to the Paris Agreement, which Australia signed.
“Medical students firmly believe withdrawing funding from such green initiatives is a step backwards.”
AMSA agrees with the Climate and Health Alliance in urging its members to contact their local Member of Parliament and write to their local newspapers to express their concerns.
The AMSA Climate Change and Health Policy, calls on the government to proactively take measures and restructure current policies to achieve a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions at a minimum of 26-28% from 2005 levels by 2030 per the Paris Agreement.
Australian medical students remain active in environmental advocacy to preserve the Earth’s resources for future generations and prevent looming health disasters through the Code Green project.
“Contributing to the Green Climate Fund is not a matter of international politics, it’s about shouldering some responsibility to combat an imminent global threat.” AMSA Code Green Co-Director, Ms Keerthi Muvva said.
“As a developed nation profiting from coal energy, the Green Climate Funds presents an opportunity for Australia to take action against climate change within our means.
“In refusing to contribute to the international fund, we hold back the efforts of other nations who are trying to preserve our global community.
“Withdrawing this funding sends a message that Australia does not care about climate change - which does not represent the views of our population. Australians want to continue to enjoy the world for generations to come.”
AMSA is the peak representative body for Australia’s 17,000 medical students, all of whom are striving to optimise the health of future generations through environmental conservation.
AMSA 2019 Public Relations Officer