Greens candidate for Bendigo Robert Holian was outside Bendigo Hospital yesterday to bring attention to the No Time for Games campaign.
An initiative of Doctors for the Environment Australia, the campaign asks for pledges from health professionals to strengthen health services and take a whole of government approach to climate change, ensuring future generations are well off.
The health benefits of climate change are central to the themes of the mission, with a replacement of fossil fuel based power with clean energy sought to improve childhood asthma, respiratory disease and allergies.
Fewer cars, improving urban environments and greening city environments will provide financial and health cost savings, the campaign proposes.
“I think the movement is really well received in the health community in Bendigo,” Mr Holian said.
“We have been attracting political attention towards the impact of climate change and particularly its impact on children.”
With the election just days away, Mr Holian will take some time off work as a general practitioner next week to campaign in the lead up to the May 18 vote.
“We will be at every early voting centre next week with lots of people early voting already,” Mr Holian said.
“I will be doing some events in Castlemaine this weekend and responding to whatever comes up in the community.”
The federal election takes place on Saturday, May 18.
Early voting centres are open at 45 Mitchell Street, Bendigo and 113-123 Mackenzie Street West, Golden Square.
Early voting at the Castlemaine Town Hall opens tomorrow at 9am.
– NICHOLAS NAKOS