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Doctors for Divestment: Climate Change and Public Health
Medium (2015)
  • Matthew Rimmer, Australian National University College of Law
On the Global Divestment Day on the 13–14 February 2015, doctors and health professionals were at the forefront of the campaign for fossil fuel divestment. In Australia, medical professionals have pushed for fossil fuel divestment, climate action, and re-investment in renewable energy. Professor Fiona Stanley has been a key leader in the debate over public health and climate change, delivering a Monster Climate Petition to the Australian Parliament. In the United Kingdom, the British Medical Association has led the way, with its decision to divest itself of investments in coal, oil, and gas. The landmark report Unhealthy Investments has provided further impetus for the United Kingdom health and medical community to engage in fossil fuel divestment. In the United States and Canada, there is a burgeoning fossil fuel divestment movement. At an international level, there has been a growing impetus for climate action in order to address public health risks associated with global warming.
  • Doctors,
  • Divestment,
  • Fossil Fuels,
  • Tobacco,
  • Health,
  • WHO.
Publication Date
February 19, 2015
Citation Information
Matthew Rimmer. "Doctors for Divestment: Climate Change and Public Health" Medium (2015)
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