Climate Change and Health: Impacts, Implications and Responses
School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria
Thursday, December 01, 2016
Snacks/Discussion begin at 15:00, Talk at 15:30
Location: Cadboro Commons, Campus View
Climate change has been called “the biggest global health threat of the 21st century” by the first Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change, while the second Lancet Commission in 2015 stated: “The effects of climate change are being felt today, and future projections represent an unacceptably high and potentially catastrophic risk to human health.”
In this presentation, I will discuss the health impacts of climate change in Canada and globally, with some emphasis on the inequitable nature of those impacts. I will also discuss the implications of those impacts for health care and public health, including the need for the health care system to adopt both adaptation and mitigation strategies for its own operations.
But the bulk of my remarks will focus on the necessary response of population and public health professionals to climate change, including the need for advocacy, action against the fossil fuel industry, support for the emergence of sustainable businesses and a sustainable economy, and the health co-benefits of such a shift.
This talk is sponsored by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.