A senior emergency doctor, a climate expert and a youth advocate will be among a group of concerned residents calling on the Northern Terrritory Government to take action on climate change, tonight.
"Climate Action Darwin is holding this event... due to a lack of action from the NT Government," co-ordinator of the growing group, Climate Action Darwin, Charlie Ward said.
"The Australian Medical Association has declared climate change a health emergency, the World Health Organisation has called climate change the greatest health issue of the 21st century, yet the NT has no strategy to deal with the health impacts on Territorians of our rapidly changing climate".
Health professionals and researchers will tell a climate symposium in Darwin this evening people in the Northern Territory are at great risk of poor health because of accelerated climate change.
Hosted by the Public Health Association of Australia and Climate Action Darwin, implications of the climate crisis on the health of Territorians and strategies to reduce the carbon footprint of the health sector will be high on the agenda.
"Human health and wellbeing depends on a stable environment and climate," president of the PHAA NT branch Dr Suzanne Belton said.
"As health professionals we recognise the health threats posed by climate change and we are glad to see the Australian Medical Association and the City of Darwin join over a thousand others in more than 20 countries who have declared a Climate Emergency."
Dr Liz Hanna from the Australian National University has warned "extra warming across the already hot and humid Top End will harm our health, our lifestyles, and limit our capacity to work," ahead of the meeting tonight.
"The health consequences of letting global warming exceed 1.5 degrees are sufficiently miserable that the policy and political options are now urgently needed."
The groups are calling on the NT Government to urgently adopt strategies to prevent rising heat stress which can be fatal for young people, the sick and the elderly.
Senior emergency physician at the Royal Darwin Hospital Dr Mark de Souza said rising temperatures in the Northern Territory will have the greatest impact on the Territory's most vulnerable members of the community and will place additional demands on already burdened hospitals.
The NT Government this month released a Draft Climate Response.
Building on the Climate Change Discussion Paper, the response is still asking for public input.
The action plan sets out the government's approach to addressing the risks of the climate crisis while still creating new economic and business opportunities.
The NT Government has acknowledged climate change as one of the most pressing global challenges, saying impacts pose a risk to Territorians, the economy, and natural systems.
But Climate Action Darwin co-ordinator Charlie Ward says the government's response is not enough.
"Health is barely mentioned in the Northern Territory Government's just-released Draft Climate Response.
"This event shows the depth of concern among health professionals dealing with these issues in their day-to-day work."
The Northern Territory government has been contacted for comment.
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