The DVA CPSU Section Council recognises that we are in a climate emergency and supports rapid and sustained action to reduce and ultimately reverse climate change, aligned with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement.
DVA’s Section Council is concerned about the continuing current trajectory towards more frequent and intense heat waves and natural disasters, diminished food security and water resources, overwhelmed health systems and increased global conflict related to climate change.
The medical journal The Lancet has called climate change ‘the biggest global health threat of the 21st century’. Health and medical organisations including the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Australian College of Nursing have stated that ‘Climate change poses an unprecedented threat to the health of people in Australia and across the world’. Former Chief of the Defence Force Admiral Chris Barrie, AC RAN (Retired) has written that ‘after nuclear war, human-induced global warming is the greatest threat to human life on the planet’ and that ‘the implications far outweigh conventional geopolitical threats’.
The ‘business as usual’ approach is not working: drastic change is required. The DVA CPSU Section Council joins staff from CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology in endorsing the School Strike 4 Climate movement. We call for a just transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030 and net negative emissions by 2050. We ask political leaders, business and the community to work together to minimise the risks climate change poses to the health, wellbeing and prosperity of all Australians, including veterans and their families.