Enviromedics: Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health
with Kim Knowlton and Dr. Jay Lemery, moderated by Peter Suneson
Sept. 20, 2018
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; program from 6 – 7:30 p.m.
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“As we advance into the twenty-first century, humanity faces an unprecedented challenge to environmental health in climate disruption due to global warming,” writes Dr. Harvey Fineberg in the foreword to Drs. Jay Lemery and Paul Auerbach’s book, “Enviromedics.” Though many of us have concerns about the effects of climate change on Earth, we often overlook the essential issue of human health.
The global environment is under massive stress from centuries of human industrialization and the projections regarding climate change for the next century and beyond are grim. The impact this will have on human health is tremendous and we are only just now discovering what the long-term outcomes may be. However, there are strategies to prepare for—and prevent—these impacts, especially in vulnerable communities.
Join us for this special program that will help clarify the science, dispel the myths and help guests understand the threats of climate change to human health, both physically and emotionally.
Kim Knowlton, Ph.D. senior scientist and deputy director, science center for National Resources Defense Council, focuses on the public-health impacts of climate change and advocates for strategies to prepare for — and prevent — these impacts, especially in vulnerable communities. As a result of her research into the links between climate change and health, National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has partnered with a number of city and state governments to strengthen health preparedness in their climate adaptation plans. She has also studied heat- and ozone-related mortality and illness as well as the connections between climate change, infectious illnesses, flooding, aeroallergens, and respiratory ailments such as allergies and asthma. Knowlton was among the researchers who participated in the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment Report and the New York City Panel on Climate Change.
Knowlton holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a master’s in environmental and occupational health sciences from Hunter College, and a doctorate in public health from Columbia University, where she now serves as an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. She is based in New York City.
Jay Lemery, MD is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Chief of the Section of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine and an affiliate faculty member of the Colorado School of Public Health. He is a past-president of the Wilderness Medical Society and has provided medical direction to health care providers operating at both poles, most recently serving as the EMS medical director for the U.S. Antarctic Program. Dr. Lemery has expertise in austere and remote medical care, as well as the effects of climate change on human health.
He serves as a consultant for the Climate and Health Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and sits on the National Academy of Medicine’s (IOM) Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine. He serves as Associate Director for the University of Colorado’s Consortium on Climate Change & Health. He is co-editor of “Global Climate Change and Human Health: From Science to Practice,” and an advisor to the organization Climate for Health (ecoAmerica), the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication and the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health. He also holds academic appointments at the Harvard School of Public Health (FXB Center), where he is a contributing editor for its Journal, Health and Human Rights and was Guest Editor for the June 2014 edition on ‘Climate Justice.’
Moderating the Enviromedics program is Peter Suneson, the Community Programs Manager at our program partner, the Walking Mountains Science Center. Suneson began his journey with Walking Mountains in 2006 as a summer naturalist and was brought back on board in the spring of 2014 to integrate the hiking programs into Walking Mountains’ portfolio of programs. Suneson has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Skidmore College and an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. In between degrees, he spent four years as a full-time naturalist on a restored tallgrass prairie in Illinois. In addition to managing the hiking and snowshoeing programs, Suneson works closely with community partners to present engaging and experiential opportunities for visitors and locals alike.
This program is presented in partnership with Walking Mountains Science Center. The Environmental Awareness series is generously underwritten by Holly & Buck Elliott.
Note: The doors will open at 5:30 p.m.; program begins at 6 p.m.
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