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Climate Change and Human Health:Threats,Disparities, and Necessary Actions

April 22, 2022 | 11:00AM EDT | 3:00PM UTC

Climate change is having widespread impacts on human health and has been called “the greatest health threat of the 21stcentury.” In this inaugural event of the Keystone Symposia and the Global Consortium for Climate Health and Education ePanel Series Climate Change and Human Health: Threats, Disparities and Necessary Actions, we will provide a broad overview of current knowledge regarding the existential problem of climate change and human health. Through case examples, we will explore how climate related exposures – such as extreme heat, wildfires, drought and extreme weather events – exact disproportionate health tolls on vulnerable populations worldwide. Experts will discuss and debate how and why climate justice and equity must be at the core of our efforts to address the climate crisis.

Specifically, we will cover climate health in the context of the following high-risk populations:

  • African nations
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Persons living with disabilities
  • Women
  • Mothers and children

Bringing together a panel of experts across sectors and specialties, the discussion will tackle these societal health questions from many angles. We will gain perspectives from clinicians, researchers, journal editors, educators, non-profit foundation leaders and public health policy experts to holistically assess these challenges and identify ways the scientific community can get involved and take action against these impacts and inequities. From personal efforts to institutional initiatives, we aim to inspire audiences to become ambassadors within their own communities for climate health research, education and sustainability.

Immediately following the event all audiences are invited to join our Virtual Networking Lounge where they can speak directly with the panelists and with each other in small groups to continue these conversation and make new connections to further their work, and the field.

Meet the Panelists HERE:

Find out more about the Climate Health ePanel Series HERE:


Program Details

Speaking in this ePanel

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Marcalee Alexander

President, Sustain Our Abilities
Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Climate Change and Health

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Andrew Toyin Olagunju

Assistant Professor, McMaster University, Canada
Research Fellow, The University of Adelaide, South Australia
Psychiatrist, St Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Associate Editor, The Journal of Climate Change and Health

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Nicole Redvers

Assistant Professor, University of North Dakota
Board Chair, Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation
Editorial Board Member, The Journal of Climate Change and Health

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Cecilia Sorensen

Director, Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health
Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

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Madeleine Thompson

Head Climate Impacts, Wellcome Trust
Visiting Professor, Lancaster University, UK

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The views expressed in this ePanel are those of the participants and not necessarily of the participants’ organizations or of Keystone Symposia.

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