Health Care without Harm – Asia Steps Up With #ChooseHealthyEnergy Campaign
Health Care without Harm’s advocacy about health care always go hand in hand with their environmental activism. This is the reason why this global organization is now stepping up its campaign in promoting renewable and healthier energy – by starting in their own backyard; the health industry.
According to Health Care without Harm “Eighty-two organizations from 30 countries representing more than 300,000 doctors, nurses, and public health professionals and advocates are calling on G7 nations to accelerate the transition away from coal to save lives”
G7 leaders agreed in 2015 to phase out fossil fuels by the end of the century. Health Care Without Harm’s co-founder and president Gary Cohen meanwhile, cautions everyone not to rest on its laurels “(This) is not a cause for celebration; it’s an example of feel-good climate procrastination. Climate change is already affecting the health of millions of people around the world, and if we don’t act now, it’s going to get worse.”
Following at the heels of this development, to give more importance to the continent of Asia, where more than half of the world’s population resides, the Asian arm of HCWH; Health Care without Harm – Asia is also stepping up the efforts in expanding its healthy energy initiative in order to put pressure on both governments, private and public sectors to make the transition to renewable and clean energy sources.
To help spread the word of this campaign, HCWH-Asia has tapped various political and social media figures to serve as ambassadors for the cause. This includes; Senator Risa Hontiveros, former Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Dr. Esperanza Cabral, GMA Radio Host Renzmark “Papa Dudut” Ricafrente, Fr. Robert Reyes, Dr. Stef dela Cruz, Irina Otmakahova, Marky Ramone Go, Ma. Fatima Villena, Denise Ventura-Sarmiento, Nikki Torres, Toni Nicolas, and Niccolo Cosme.
The #ChooseHealthyEnergy initiative aims to target both the government and health sectors such as the Department of Health, the Department of Energy and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Health Care Without Harm’s Campaigner for Healthy Energy Initiative Paeng Lopez described the #ChooseHealthyEnergy campaign as the most opportune movement to join so we could influence decision makers into making a stand against coal and other unhealthy sources of energy.
Why We Should Shift to Healthy Energy Choices
The question remains on most people’s mind; Why Healthy Energy? The answer couldn’t be more definitive. We must protect our planet from further abuse and the transition to healthier energy options is a big step towards that goal.
Right now, HCWH-Asia encourages everybody to participate in this argument and spread the word as much as they can in order to create a powerful vacuum that will pressure decision makers into action.
“We have to harness the power of social media with our goal to mobilize the healthcare sector […] because […] it is a prime consumer of energy and […] I think that the healthcare sector is a source of relatively objective scientific information,” #ChooseHealthyEnergy’s Chairperson of the Board of Trustees Ronnel Lim stated.
Despite not attending the formal launching of the campaign, Senator Hontiveros appeals to rally support behind renewable energy and to convince the government to invest in a clean future and livable environment through a video message.
“Why must we transition to healthy energy, because healthy energy, dito maiiwasan ang bilang ng mga nagkakasakit dahil sa pagkuha mula sa maling enerhiya para manumbalik ang muling pagsigla ng mundo,” Ricafrente encourages, also in a video message. (Why must we transition to healthy energy, because healthy energy, this is where we lessen the number of people who are getting sick because of getting (energy) from inappropriate sources to restore the growth of our environment.”
How to Help Health Care without Harm – Asia’s #ChooseHealthyEnergy Campaign
You can support the #ChooseHealthyEnergy campaign through its Social Media Campaign guide:
1. Visit the website (https://noharm-asia.org/) and follow their social media accounts:
2. Share a Choose Healthy Energy post from their page, tag, and use the official campaign hashtag #ChooseHealthyEnergy.
3. Check these readings on Healthy Energy out:
Crossing Over – The Energy Transition to Renewable Electricity (Second Edition) by Roberto Verzola
The Health Impacts of Energy Choices by Healthy Energy Initiative (HCWH)
COAL: A public health crisis (diseases & deaths attributed to coal use in the Philippines by Greenpeace SE Asia
4. Learn how to join HCWH Webinars on Healthy Energy Initiatives from HCWH-Asia’s website.
5. Post and share about #ChooseHealthyEnergy campaign to friends, work-mates, family, and colleagues.