• Lisa Elliott

Climate and Health Alliance

Climate Change is a Health Emergency

Contact Name Fiona Armstrong Email fiona.armstrong@caha.org.au Address Suite 4.9, Level 4, 247-251 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000 Phone Number 0438900005

Charity website www.caha.org.au DGR Registration Link https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/caha/pages/1734/attachments/original/1586410676/Progress_Labs_and_Climate_and_Health_Alliance.pdf?1586410676 ACNC Page Link https://www.acnc.gov.au/charity/88ae5efac2fcca7f676afebd329ef6b5

Please provide a brief, two sentence overview of the project that requires funding.

This project will scale up our work to highlight the health emergency of climate change and amplify and strengthen the trusted voices of health professionals in calling for action now to avert further public health crises.

We will recruit and activate health leaders and frontline health professionals, provide them with training in media and advocacy, and support them to call on governments to protect the community from the health emergency of climate change.

Overview of Organisation The Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) is Australia’s national peak body on climate and health. CAHA is a coalition of 40 health and medical groups, academic and research institutions, health care service providers and unions.

CAHA was founded in 2010 in response to the global call by the Lancet medical journal for “a new public health movement which frames climate change for humankind as a health issue”.

CAHA’s mission is to build a powerful health sector movement for climate action. The health sector is Australia’s largest employer, and health professionals are the most trusted members of our community. By working together, the health sector can lead action on climate to protect our health.

Describe the project that requires funding: Climate change is a health emergency. The current COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the potential for public health emergencies to cause dramatic social, economic and environmental disruption. It has also highlighted the deep trust and respect community members hold for health professionals as they steer us through the COVID-19 health emergency.

This project will leverage this deepened trust in the health sector to secure action on the climate health emergency. It will recruit, train and support health voices to declare climate change a health emergency and call for urgent government action on climate to protect people’s health.

Through this project, we aim to recruit and support 30 health organisations to declare climate change a health emergency and advocate for urgent government action on climate. We will also recruit and train at least 50 health professionals in advocacy and communications. We will coordinate and support these health organisations and professionals to secure at least 10 media stories on climate change and health.

As the COVID-19 health emergency continues, there is a developing public interest in how this pandemic is connected to the ongoing climate and environmental crises. We have already begun to shape the narrative, with CAHA Executive Director Fiona Armstrong co-authoring a piece in The Conversation in March 2020, linking the pandemic with environmental degradation, biodiversity loss and climate change. We at the Climate and Health Alliance are ready to scale up our work with the health sector to meet this increasing public interest, and securing funding for this project will allow us to make the most of the opportunity.

Please describe any collaboration you have had with other organisations in relation to this project: As a formal alliance, we have a strong cohort of over 40 partner organisations within our membership, representing over 500,000 doctors, nurses, midwives, physicians, psychologists, social workers, public health, health promotion and primary healthcare professionals, and rural and remote health practitioners.

As a respected and trusted peak body, we have many more organisations willing to partner with us, including Doctors for the Environment Australia, Australian College of Emergency Medicine, Australian Medical Association, and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

We are part of Climate Action Network Australia, and through this association, disseminate ideas and information about communicating and campaigning for climate action using a health frame.

We also work with Climate Media Centre who provide media training and support with media strategy and pitching to journalists.

Funds requested from Pool of Dreams sub-fund: $35,000

Other sources of funding In total, we aim to raise $90,000 for this project.

So far we have confirmed $15,000 in total from the Vasudhara Foundation, Donkey Wheel, the Madden Sainsbury Foundation and two individual philanthropists.

We are also currently one of the final six applicants for a $40,000 project grant from Groundswell Giving.

This is our ideal budget scenario. If we are unable to raise the full amount, we will run a modified version of this project.

When would this project be expected to start? Jul-20

When would you anticipate this project to be completed? Jan-21

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