While the sun is slowly drying up the local paddocks and the water levels in the rivers is going down, the signs of flooding in the Maitland area are disappearing again. We can feel lucky as Sydney, areas in the New South Wales North Coast, and Queensland were hit with more rain. Footage of the floods and devastation in Lismore and reports about lives lost sit still fresh in our memories.
We read reports that climate change is expected to make storm and flood events more severe and we are not alone in Australia. The WHO estimates that more than 13 million deaths around the world each year are due to avoidable environmental causes. This includes the climate crisis which is the single biggest health threat facing humanity. The climate crisis is also a health crisis.
Today, the 7th April, marks the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. World Health Day 2022. This day is celebrated annually and each year the WHO draws attention to a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world.
Through the Our planet, Our health campaign, WHO will urge governments and the public to share stories of steps they are taking to protect the planet and their health and prioritise well-being within societies.
Download the WHO campaign toolkit and support the cause for a #HealthierTomorrow