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The impact of climate change on the health of Australians and the rest of the world is fast becoming apparent. The ANMF considers this of major concern and is committed to working with other organisations dedicated to tackling the problem.

The ANMF strongly supports the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) who have launched, Our Climate, Our Health campaign, seeking action from politicians to fix the issue.

As part of the campaign, CAHA has an online petition through which health professionals can email their local Members of Parliament. The Alliance also provides an advocacy toolkit that can be used use to lobby local MPs for action on climate change.

“The toolkit is designed to help nurses let politicians know that, as health professionals, they are concerned about climate change and want to see a response from political leaders,” says CAHA Founder and Convenor Fiona Armstrong.

“CAHA also has an emerging network of ‘climate health champions’ who can provide in person support for people who want to meet up with their local MPs.”

Ms Armstrong says nurses and midwives can also encourage their hospitals or health service to join the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network.

Australian and New Zealand member hospitals in their rapidly growing network are demonstrating world-leading initiatives in terms of their impact on reducing emissions.

“There’s an online virtual community with tools, resources, and support available 24/7, 365 days a year, so nurses and midwives can log in to that network, ask questions and read case studies,” Ms Armstrong says.