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Climate Changes Health: Moving Towards Environmental Health Equity

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Jan
26
3:00 - 4:00PM ET

Over the last 50 years, human activities, particularly the burning of fossil fuels, have released sufficient quantities of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to trap heat in the lower atmosphere and affect the global climate. Each of the last three decades has been successively warmer than any preceding decade since 1850. Sea levels are rising, glaciers are melting and precipitation patterns are changing. Extreme weather events are becoming more intense and frequent. The overall health effects of a changing climate are overwhelmingly negative. Climate change damages many of the resources that are social and environmental determinants of health - clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter.

This webinar will explore the interconnectedness of climate change and health, environmental injustice, and what can be done to combat these issues. The expert speakers will talk about solutions that can improve health outcomes. Speakers will discuss:

  • Priorities for the newly formed Office of Climate Change and Health Equity at HHS

  • How climate change is creating new inequities and exacerbating those that already existed, and what can be done to protect populations on the frontlines

  • A health plan’s efforts to combat climate change and prioritize health resilience for its members and community


Presentations

John M. Balbus, MD, MPH

Office of Climate Change and Health Equity at HHS

Heather McTeer Toney, JD

Environmental Defense Fund

Lindsey Butler, PhD, MSc

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts