Irish Medical Organisation pass IDE Motions—Historic Action on Climate Change

IDE would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the unanimous decision taken by the Irish Medical Organization to pass three historic motions in addressing climate change, which has been recognized by the Lancet as “the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century”.

The motions proposed to the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) on 25th April by two NCHD (Non Consultant House Doctor) IMO Members Dr Sandra Green and Dr Philippa White. The motions included:

1. The IMO calls on the Government to incentivize sustainable energy and to penalise unsustainable energy provision, and to mandate Government Departments and Agencies to prioritise the procurement on sustainable energy services urgently in line with Ireland Targets under COP21 Paris Agreement in 2015.

2. The IMO calls on the government to increase investment in cycling and walking to 20% of the transport budget, in line with the recommendations by UNEP, and towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 3, 7, 11 and 13 of air quality benefits, climate change mitigation and the benefits to health of active transport.

3. The IMO calls on the Government to prioritise access to healthy, sustainable and culturally appropriate food at all Government funded facilities, including the healthcare facilities, taking consideration of the issues raised in the Eat Lancet Planetary Health Diet.

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