In this episode, we examine some achievable, sustainable and most importantly, meaningful actions that healthcare can take on the climate crisis.
Firstly, the climate emergency is not only a healthcare emergency but also a wealth emergency.
Financial markets have realised the monetary cost of not taking action to reduce carbon emissions and now whether governments like it or not, the markets are driving change.
Secondly, as investors, we have enormous power through our personal superannuation funds.
Simple actions in how we invest personally, can have very meaningful outcomes in driving change to lower carbon emissions.
Thirdly, at the healthcare delivery level, we learn from the bold initiatives undertaken by the NHS in the UK to adopt a net-zero emissions policy.
As healthcare workers, we have a basic premise to ‘first do no harm’ which behooves us to examine the carbon footprint of our healthcare delivery.
Finally, we must recognise that every child born today will be impacted throughout their lives by the climate emergency.
We must formulate actions at a Micro (personal actions we can all take), Meso (collective actions that our institutions, universities, local communities and business partners can all take) and Macro actions (the whole of government).
Tune in to watch or listen to four compelling conversations and a rallying call to arms.
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Tim has 30 years financial markets experience, including providing public interest related financial analysis in the seaborne coal and electricity sectors for IEEFA since 2013, studying energy efficiency and renewables across China and India, and the resulting stranded asset risks in Australia. Tim was co-founder of a start-up global listed clean energy equities fund with Westpac as a cornerstone investor. From 1998 to 2007 Tim was Managing Director at Citigroup, Head of Australasian Equity Research, and worked at Macquarie Group in Australia then Deutsche Bank in Singapore as a top rated equity analyst since 1988.
Nick Watts is the Chief Sustainability Officer of the NHS, responsible for its commitment to deliver a world-class net zero emission health service. Based in London, he leads the Greener NHS team across the country, which focuses on improving the health of patients and the public through a robust and accelerated response to climate change and the broader sustainability agenda. Nick is a medical doctor licensed in Australia and the UK, and has trained population health and public policy. Prior to the National Health Service, Nick worked internationally as the Executive Director of the Lancet Countdown and the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change, a collaboration of UN agencies and academic centres across the world. He has also focused on engaging the health profession on the links between public health and climate change, having founded both the Global Climate and Health Alliance and the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change.
Dan Gocher is ACCR’s Director of Climate & Environment. Dan spent fifteen years in investment banking and asset management. More recently, he was the asset management campaigner at the environmental NGO Market Forces. Dan is an expert in corporate lobbying, climate risk disclosure, and engagement and proxy voting. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney.
Courtney Howard is an Emergency Physician in Canada’s subarctic, President of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Chair of the advocacy subcommittee of the WHO-Civil Society Working Group on Climate Change and Health, is on the Steering Committee for the Planetary Health Alliance and is Policy Coordinator for ClimateCODA. She has led research on menstrual cups and wildfires, was the 2018 International Policy Coordinator for the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, and has participated in advocacy around divestment, carbon pricing, active transport, plant-rich diets, coal phase-out, hydraulic fracturing, wildfires, and the mental health impacts of climate change. Her mentors in mischievous change-making are her two hilarious daughters, with whom she can frequently be found dancing to indefensible pop music.