The climate crisis is a health crisis. Research shows that fossil fuel emissions not only impact the climate, but are a leading cause of death globally, claiming 9 million lives each year. Yet, too often, efforts to promote health, climate action and even STEM education operate in silos, without realizing their full potential for impact.
This session will explore innovative, no-cost and publicly-available tools that are being developed to help us better confront the effects of climate change on human health. Join speakers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University TH Chan School of Public Health, The American Public Health Association, and Biogen for this informative and insightful discussion. It is designed for leading companies and brands, nonprofit champions, government innovators, activists and anyone who wants to accelerate impact at the intersection of some of the biggest issues of our time.
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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).
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.
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.
Katherine Catalano is the Deputy Director of the Center for Climate, Health and Equity at the American Public Health
Association. Katherine is a communicator, strategic planner, and leader with almost a decade of experience in climate
policy, advocacy, and education across sectors and audiences with a particular focus on centering justice, equity,
diversity and inclusion in every aspect of the climate movement. Katherine is passionate about applying her skills and
experience to affect change and bring stakeholders together to advocate for climate justice and equitable health