The Human Cost of Power

Much is said about rising household power bills, but what about the human costs of power?

This was the theme of a film screening and discussion hosted by FuturePLANS in Bungendore during August 2014.

An enthusiastic group of people concerned about the impacts of climate change on health, now and into the future, viewed the short film ‘The Human Cost of Power’ that has been produced by the Climate and Health Alliance and the Public Health Association of Australia. The film builds on the Alliance’s observation that ‘We’re not yet ready for climate change but it’s here now, and it’s harming our health’.

The film explores the health and climate impacts associated with the massive expansion of coal and unconventional gas in Australia.

You can view it on Youtube or by clicking on the image below:

Human Cost of Power

After the screening of the film we had a discussion facilitated by Dr Peter Tait from the Climate and Health Alliance. We discussed why we need a healthy, well-functioning ecosystem to support human society to support healthy people.

The film highlights the Climate and Health Alliance’s call for action at diverse levels: ‘The warming of our planet means we need to act at a global level, a national level, at state and community level and as individuals. We must do all we can to cut emissions and urge others to do so if we are to avoid putting health at greater risk.

The reality is, cutting emissions will bring many immediate benefits for public health, as well as help limit climate change in the longer term. We can afford to do it but we cannot afford to wait.’