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

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

Wednesday, 30 September 2020
1:00pm EDT / 10:00am PDT / 6:00pm BST / 7:00pm CEST
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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


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

Dr. Aaron Bernstein is the Interim Director of The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He is a trusted voice for major news outlets and regularly testifies before Congress on the health impacts of climate change. Dr. Bernstein created the HarvardX course, “The Health Effects of Climate Change” and leads Climate MD, a Harvard Chan C-CHANGE program that prepares healthcare providers to be leaders on climate change. He is an author on the Human Health chapter of the Fifth National Climate Assessment, Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health and Climate Change, and Chair of the Board of Directors at the U.S. Green Building Council.

Johanna Jobin
Global Head of Corporate Reputation & Responsibility

As Global Head of Biogen’s Corporate Reputation and Responsibility strategy, Johanna works to enhance Biogen’s reputation as a neuroscience leader, including corporate branding, crisis and issues management and corporate responsibility across various environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters. Leading Biogen’s Corporate Responsibility strategy, Johanna develops and implements programs across environmental, social and governance dimensions to fulfill Biogen’s mission as a responsible and purpose-driven company. Johanna maintains and strengthens Biogen’s leadership reputation– from developing strategies to enhance, build and protect Biogen’s brand and narrative to driving compelling communications and transparent reporting with key stakeholders. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Biogen Foundation and leads Biogen’s global community engagement strategy with a strong focus on providing equitable access to inclusive science education through its long-standing Community Lab program.

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
Professor, Director, MIT Technology and Policy Program (TPP) Primary Appointment - MIT Institute for Data, Systems & Society (IDSS)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Noelle is Professor in the Institute for Data, Systems and Society and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences and Director of MIT's Technology and Policy Program. Her research uses modeling and analysis to inform sustainability decision-making, focusing on issues involving air pollution, climate change and hazardous substances such as mercury. She received her PhD and M.A. (Earth and Planetary Sciences) and B.A. (Environmental Science and Public Policy) from Harvard University. Her work has focused on atmospheric chemistry, air pollution, as well as interactions between science and policy in international environmental negotiations. She is the recipient of a U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER award (2011), a Leopold Leadership fellow (2013-2014), Kavli fellow (2015), a member of the Global Young Academy (2014-2018), an American Association for the Advancement of Science Leshner Leadership Institute Fellow (2016-2017), and a Hans Fischer Senior Fellow at the Technical University of Munich Institute for Advanced Study (2018-2021).

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

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.