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.”



  1. I value nurse. I thought they were crtical thinkers, but are now behaving like a herd of cats!
    The College of Nurses should read Opinion: Jarad Bryant – A Climate of Anxiety (, published in this same issue of Health Central. They should also read the article by Bolt in the Australian Herald Sun last week, reproduced below:

    Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun
    September 26, 2019 10:31am

    I promised you a list — easy to print out — of scientific facts that should stop children from being terrified that global warming will kill them. It’s time to fight this hysteria, especially after Greta Thunberg’s breakdown at the United Nations. Here’s the list. Distribute widely.

    Are you terrified by claims that global warming is an “existential threat”? That there will be a “great winnowing” and “mass deaths”? That we face “the collapse of our civilisations”?
    Don’t believe those scares.
    You are told to believe “the science”. Well, here is some science you should believe – solid scientific facts that tell you that global warming is not as scary as you’ve been told.
    Be calm. You are not in danger.
    • You have never been less likely to die of a climate-related disaster. Your risk of being killed has fallen 99 per cent in the past century. Source: International Disaster Database.
    • You have never been more likely to live longer. Life expectancy around the world has risen by 5.5 years so far this century. Source: World Health Organisation.
    • We are getting fewer cyclones, not more. Source: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; Bureau of Meteorology.
    • There is more food than ever. Grain crops have set new records. Source: Food and Agricultural Organisation.
    • The world is getting greener. Leaf cover is growing 3 per cent per decade. Source: NASA.
    • Low-lying Pacific islands are not drowning. In fact, 43 per cent – including Tuvalu – are growing, and another 43 per cent are stable. Source: Professor Paul Kench, University of Auckland.
    • Cold weather is 20 times more likely to kill you than hot weather. Source: Lancet, 20/5/2015
    • Global warming does not cause drought. Source: Prof. Andy Pitman, ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes.
    • Australia’s rainfall over the past century has actually increased. Source: Bureau of Meteorology.
    • There are fewer wildfires. Around the world, the area burned by fire is down 24 per cent over 18 years. Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center et al.
    • Polar bear numbers are increasing, not decreasing. Source: Dr Susan Crockford.


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