...advocacy & action to build resilient health systems
September 12-14, 2018 | San Francisco
Global Climate Action Summit
Gathering of governments, business, and citizens from around the world to showcase climate actions and inspire deep national commitments in support of Paris. The Climate Trailblazers Awards are awarded here; includes Yale's Anthony Leiserowitz among the slate of 22.
September 25, 2018 | New York
Climate Week NYC
Meeting covers a range of climate-related topics, including a session specifically on planetary health.
The Los Angeles Times ran an article this week titled Climate Change swells ranks of refugees and Trump administration retreats to the sidelines. The 1951 Refugee Convention was signed prior to modern climate science and, as of now, people displaced by environmental changes are not recognized as refugees in international law — though as many as 20 million climate refugees flee storms and drought annually.
Communicating the damage to our climate requires command of the evidence, synthesis of complex information about many systems, and the ability to explain the urgency and immediacy required — if we hope to adapt our lives to what’s occurring. WIRED has a nice guide, and routinely publishes news and great graphics to explain what’s going on.
This Yale Daily News article features Yale leaders at the Global Climate Action Summit. Participants included Yale experts in nursing, planetary health, and the creators of Yale’s innovative carbon pricing scheme.
The Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education Knowledge (GCCHE), a collaborative effort made up of around 170 health professional universities, has launched its online “knowledge bank,” with its release timed to be simultaneous with the Global Climate Action Summit. The knowledge bank includes a lengthy range of excellent course materials, learning objectives, slides, online classes/MOOCs, and videos.
The programming agenda is an all-star list of leaders across science, policy, and business. A collection of links, resources, and ideas from the Global Climate and Health Forum, held at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco:
The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment, report by US Global Change Research Program, and their Climate Science Special Report (2017), the fourth national climate assessment
The Climate Reality Project, Al Gore’s non-profit to mobilize climate leaders
COMET-Planner, an evaluation tool by the NCRS for conservation practice planning for GHGs related to farms and ranches.
C40 Divest/Invest Forum launched, a city collaborative to support best practices, knowledge, and tools for divestment
The University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI) publishes a full slate of content-rich news stories on planetary health, with a good focus on vulnerable populations and the health impacts of climate change. Their latest story, Climate change puts heat on public health, outlines the environmental injustice associated with heat, projected changes in heat stress as the world becomes increasingly urban (60% of people will live in cities by 2030), wildfires, and newly enabled heat vectors of infectious diseases like West Nile Virus in California.