As students, adults and over 90 businesses prepare to support the Strike 4 Climate tomorrow, the College of Nurses Aotearoa has also come out in support of the cause.
Executive Director of the College, Professor Jenny Carryer says nurses have always recognised that health and health care are impacted by social factors and by the environment in which people live and at least 80% of health outcomes derive from the contexts in which people live their lives. She points to loss of living space, poverty, extreme heat and refugee status as some of the health consequences of escalating climate change.
Rebecca Sinclair (climate change spokesperson) is pleased that the College of Nurses supports Global Strike 4 Climate and will be standing in spirit with the students as they lead actions across the country on Friday 27th September.
As the largest and most trusted health workforce in New Zealand, 56,000 nurses and nurse practitioners, Sinclair believes it can add a critical voice to the call for action.
The changes required over the next decade are immense, says Sinclair. When there is an emergency nurses don’t panic, they prioritise, roll their sleeves up and jump to action.
The College is calling on all health professionals to start to bring climate change into focus in the communities they work in to raise awareness to consider the health benefits of taking action, now.
Sinclair says the College agrees with Ms Espinoser’s comments: “We can no longer afford incremental progress when tackling climate change – we need deep, transformational and systemic change throughout society which is crucial for a low-emissions, highly-resilient and more sustainable future.”