Chair of Doctors for the Environment Australia (NSW) and on the Council of the Australian Medical Association (NSW)
“A better future is one where we take the community with us. If any of us are marginalised during this transition, we will not succeed.”
The child of Buddhist parents, GP Dr Kim Loo learned early to tread lightly on the earth. Now, in addition to working with patients in communities in Western Sydney, she actively advocates for a sustainable future through her work on the Council of the AMA (NSW), as Chair of Doctors for the Environment Australia (NSW), and her many other involvements.
“I came to advocacy from being a primary health care physician. The environmental determinants of health are clean air, clean water, healthy soils, a safe climate and a healthy ecosystem. Climate change impacts you from the point of conception, depending on where you live, to your home, to education, to your work, to how you die, with the impacts felt most by the vulnerable and disadvantaged.”
Kim is directing her efforts towards a cohesive, positive narrative which inspires people to reimagine what the future could be, one in which all sections of society can step ahead into the next phase with hope. To achieve this vision, Kim believes we need credible emissions targets and policy that actively supports the transition to a sustainable, clean-energy economy and society.
“There is inertia in our political system. We need policies at a Federal level to give markets the ability to confidently invest. We need to support clean fuels: it’s the low hanging fruit. We need to transition our transport, electrify the transport system, make it easy for people to buy electric cars, encourage locally generated electricity. The key is leaving no-one behind.
“In sections of society people are disengaged from democracy; they have been disempowered for so long they don’t see they can make change – it’s vital to restore the sense that they have a right to voice their concerns about our systemic problems, that they have options to choose.”