Pharmacists on the front line

Image courtesy of Pharmacists for the Environment Australia and Esa Chen

A number of pharmacists took to the streets last week as part of the Strike for Climate campaign which saw thousands call for government action to address climate change 

Pharmacists for the Environment Australia (PEA) founder Grace Wong highlighted some of the contributions made by PEA members and other pharmacists at the School Strike 4 Climate rallies held around the nation (and internationally) on Friday 20 September.  

PEA Supporter Amin Javanmard, from the Gold Coast, Qld, led the way with a ‘prescription for climate action’ banner (Amin later commented that he should’ve made the script less legible in the interests of realism!)

Meanwhile, PEA supporter Esa Chen flew the flag for pharmacists at the Melbourne Climate Strike rally

“Passionate” PEA supporter Emilie Clout provided some images of the Wagga Wagga demonstration

Ms Wong told AJP that “PEA were proud to see pharmacists in action at the recent climate rallies across Australia and the world.

“Healthcare delivery is estimated to contribute 7% of the total carbon footprint in Australia – of that one fifth is directly due to pharmaceuticals,” she said.

“Pharmacists have a significant impact in their daily roles to educate and mitigate this impact. Climate change is a health issue, as the consequences can increase need for healthcare and conversely, healthcare delivery itself is a significant impact.

Every action we take is an opportunity – so it’s great to see pharmacists out in force to support this global awareness movement”.

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