Changing the Climate: How Public Health, Cities, and the Media Can Advance Climate Solutions

Symposium-042018-climate-350x350Friday, April 20, 2018

8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Hiebert Lounge
72 East Concord Street
Boston

#BUSPHSymposia

Climate change will have enormous impacts on human health and well-being throughout the world. In response, many cities are developing farsighted policies to reduce carbon emissions while also adapting to ongoing changes. However, high-level political support for climate action remains weak, and policymakers need to be able to articulate the benefits of their climate policies. Public health researchers are documenting how urban climate solutions can directly benefit the health of local residents, but this research has not yet been communicated in a manner that has motivated effective action. This symposium will bring together thought leaders from public health, cities, and journalism to develop strategies that bring greater attention to—and produce visionary actions that address—the global climate challenge. Co-hosted with the Pulitzer Center. Additional collaborators include Boston University Initiative on Cities; Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthInnovate@BU; and Sustainability@BU.

CLIMATE AND HEALTH


CITIES AS DRIVERS OF CLIMATE SOLUTIONS


CLIMATE AND HEALTH COMMUNICATION



Agenda

8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast and Informal Greetings

8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.
OPENING REMARKS
Welcome
Sandro Galea

Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health

Patrick Kinney

Beverly Brown Professor of Urban Health, Boston University School of Public Health

Jon Sawyer

Executive Director, Pulitzer Center


8:40 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.
KEYNOTE
Gina McCarthy

Former Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency and Professor of the Practice of Public Health, Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


9:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
CLIMATE AND HEALTH: IMPACTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Key Lecturer
Patrick Kinney

Beverly Brown Professor of Urban Health, Boston University School of Public Health

Panelists
Austin Blackmon

Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space, City of Boston

Hannah Fairfield

Climate Editor, The New York Times

Barbara Ferrer (SPH’88)

Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Joanne Silberner

Independent Journalist and Artist-in-Residence, University of Washington

Moderator
Kathy Fallon Lambert

Director, Science Policy Exchange, Harvard Forest


10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Break

10:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
CITIES AS DRIVERS OF CLIMATE SOLUTIONS
Key Lecturer
David Miller

Former Mayor of Toronto; and North America Regional Director and C40 Global Ambassador, Inclusive Climate Action

Panelists
Stacie Paxton Cobos

Senior Vice President for Communications and Marketing, The Climate Reality Project

Carlos Dora

Coordinator, Public Health and the Environment Department, World Health Organization

Nathaniel Rich

Author and Writer-at-Large, The New York Times Magazine

Moderator
Jon Levy

Chair and Professor, Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health


12:20 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Lunch

1 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
CLIMATE AND HEALTH COMMUNICATION
Key Lecturer
Edward Wile Maibach

University Professor, Director; Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University

Panelists
Jack Cushman

Managing Editor, InsideClimate News 

Howard Frumkin

Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Washington

Sabrina McCormick

Associate Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University and Senior Fellow, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Moderator
Jon Sawyer

Executive Director, Pulitzer Center


2:20 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
CONCLUSION
Patrick Kinney

Beverly Brown Professor of Urban Health, Boston University School of Public Health

Jon Sawyer

Executive Director, Pulitzer Center