David Ritter (CEO Greenpeace) UWA Alumni event          Zali Steggal Climate Council 10th Anniv

Craig Reucassel at Randwick ECO Living Festival 2023                                                                                                                                                                                                           

DEA stall Randwick ECO Living Festival 2023

Planet Earth is facing a climate emergency.

  • Climate change, through its association with extreme weather events particularly heat and air pollution, increases Cardiovascular Mortality and Morbidity.
  • Extreme heat and heatwaves worsens Cardiovascular disease; increasing Ischaemic Heart Disease, Congestive heart failure and hospital admissions.
  • Sydneyist radio interview on heat and health: https://eastsidefm.org/episodes/the-sydneyist-600pm-20th-jul-2023/
  • Air pollution, particularly PM2.5, increases Cardiovascular Mortality, Ischaemic Heart Disease/Myocardial infarctions, Cardiovascular hospital admissions, Congestive Heart Failure, Stroke, Hypertension, Diabetes, Arrhythmias and Atherosclerosis.
  • Extreme heat/heatwaves and Air pollution effects act synergistically.
  • Wildfire smoke contains many air pollutants that increase Cardiovascular mortality.
  • A sudden cardiac event is the leading cause of fire duty-related deaths.
  • Reducing Greenhouse gas emissions has many cardiac co-benefits. Examples include having a plant based diet, increasing active transport, changing to renewable energy sources, increasing green spaces, and stopping smoking.
  • There are many ways each individual can reduce their own personal carbon footprint. Changing to renewable energy sources and financial divestment away from fossil fuel and related industries will have the greatest impact.


Editorial printed/online in ACM newspapers: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7487695/climate-change-is-a-danger-to-our-hearts/

Burning Hearts, How Climate Change is a Heart Attack! Video Presentation for ECO living festival: https://youtu.be/O9aVVp3aZ9M?si=se1o3eFa8VpZtaGQ

Interview with the Hon. Kylea Tink on Climate Change and CVD: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=490739239355097

Video Presentation for Medical professionals:

For more in depth information read Dr Foo's article on Climate Change and Cardiovascular Disease: htt_environmental_change_and_cardiovascular_disease_22jan21


Healthcare sustainability:

The Australian Healthcare sector contributes ~7% of Australia's GHGe. Nearly 50% of this is from Public and Private Hospitals. Dr Fiona Foo is leading the  Macquarie University Hospital Sustainability Committee: https://macquni.e-newsletter.com.au/pub/pubType/EO/pubID/zzzz63d07b460666d650/?aid=7af9b30f0fddf172&#7af9b30f0fddf172

DEA NSW Parliament Forum 2023:


Move Beyond Coal Launch Event with fellow DEA members Sept 2022