Climate change impacts such as water and food scarcity, natural disasters and epidemics, adversely affect public health. At the same time sound emission reductions and climate change adaptation measures can have important co-benefits to health (e.g. reduction of asthma and respiratory diseases through emission reduction projects). In order to educate a broad audience about these linkages, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a Webinar Series on Climate Change and Health. The inaugural webinar will discuss Communicating Climate Change and Health. This video conference will take place on 4 April 2012 at 18.00 GMT+1.
The webinar will discuss how the public health community can best communicate the climate and health message, reflect on how those messages are being discussed in media and their use in the United Nations climate processes. The webinar will last 90 minutes with opportunities to ask questions of the panel.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Dr Margaret Chan (Director General at WHO)
- Moderator: Alex Kirby (Former Chief Environmental Correspondent at the BBC)
- Professor Tony McMichael (Australia Fellow at the Australian National University)
- Dr Anthony Leiserowitz (Director of Yale Project on Climate Communication)
- Nicholas Watts (Coordinator of Healthy Planet International at IFMSA)
The event is organised in partnership with the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) and with financial support from Health Canada.