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Climate, health and social justice:
the links, impacts, and potential solutions

Wednesday, 30 September 2020
12pm EST / 9am PST / 5pm GMT / 6pm CET
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Overview

The climate crisis is a health crisis – with the heaviest toll on the most vulnerable. This webinar provides exclusive insights into the latest thinking from globally renowned experts on the front lines of the interrelated global challenges that define our era: climate, health, and equity.

You’ll hear from leaders across sectors on thorny questions that can challenge your thinking about sustainability. Why aren’t all climate strategies equal when it comes to human health? How can business and other organizations strategically align climate commitments with efforts to support under-served communities and advance diversity, inclusion and equity?

What You Will Learn

In this webinar, attendees will be presented with these takeaways:

  • Hear compelling emerging science linking the climate crisis, human health, and equity -- including the impact of fossil fuels on brain health
  • Gain insights from a diverse expert panel from the corporate, NGO and academic worlds
  • Prepare for what's next, as leaders now move "beyond net zero"
  • Identify actionable ideas for your own organization, including innovative climate strategies, partnerships, and employee activation

Speakers

Aaron Bernstein
Interim Director of The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Aaron Bernstein is the Interim Director of The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard Chan C-CHANGE), a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bernstein focuses on the health impacts of the climate crisis on children’s health and advancing solutions to address its causes to improve the health and wellbeing of children around the world.

Johanna Jobin
Global Head of Corporate Reputation and Responsibility Strategy
Biogen

Johanna Jobin is Global Head of Biogen’s Corporate Reputation and Responsibility Strategy. She develops and implements programs across environmental, social and governance dimensions to fulfill Biogen’s mission as a responsible and purpose-driven company.

Surili Patel
Director of the Center for Climate, Health and Equity
American Public Health Association

Surili Patel is the Director of the Center for Climate, Health and Equity at the American Public Health Association. Surili leads the organization’s climate change, water safety and security, children’s environmental health, tribal health, environmental health messaging, transportation and health, and healthy community design programs. Her work aims to inspire action on climate and health, advance policy and galvanize the field to address climate change.

Noelle Eckley Selin
Associate Professor and Director, Technology and Policy Program
MIT

Dr. Noelle Eckley Selin is the Director of the MIT Technology and Policy Program (TPP) and an Associate Professor in the Institute for Data, Systems and Society and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. Her research uses atmospheric chemistry modeling to inform decision-making on air pollution and climate change, among other urgent issues, working to bring together diverse stakeholders to bridge the research-to-policy gap.

Kathy Baughman McLeod
Director, Adrienne Arsht–Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center
Atlantic Council

leads creation and execution of the Center’s strategy to achieve its goal of reaching one billion people worldwide with resilience solutions to the challenges of climate change, migration, and human security by 2030. She is former Global Executive for Environmental and Social Risk at Bank of America and Global Head of Climate Risk and Finance at The Nature Conservancy. She holds an MS in geography and an MBA from the Duke Fuqua School of Business.

Bill Sisson
Executive Director
WBCSD

Bill oversees WBCSD’s regional strategy, relations and growth efforts, sustainability focused member projects and strategic engagements. Bill also oversees WBCSD’s global work on the Built Environment, working closely with the Geneva based project team. Prior to his role with WBCSD, Bill gained over 30 years of private sector experience with the multi-national conglomerate United Technologies Corporation (UTC), where he capped his career as Senior Executive Director for Sustainability reporting to UTC’s Chief Technology Officer.

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