COVID-19 has put health front and center for many of us, but the reality is that our global warming pollution is a bigger threat to our health, even though we don’t often think about it. According to the 4th National Climate Assessment, the health and well-being of Americans, and people across the globe, are already affected by climate change, with the adverse health consequences projected to worsen with additional global warming. The climate crisis affects your health by altering exposures to heatwaves, floods, droughts, and other extreme events; vector-, food- and waterborne infectious diseases; changes in the quality and safety of air, food, and water; and stresses to mental health and well-being.
For this reason, CLEO decided to theme our 10th annual symposium around climate & health. With world-renown keynotes and expert panelists, we hope this symposium gave you the opportunity to listen to the experts on what is happening, how it’s impacting our health, and what we can do to protect ourselves and mitigate the climate crisis. This virtual symposium was handled differently, inviting Jacee Gossett from The Class to help with zoom fatigue, providing interactive opportunities to ensure active learning, and with a call to action for a climate emergency declaration to get our municipalities to act on climate.
The CLEO Institute, in partnership with The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was pleased to host its 10th annual Empowering Capable Climate Communicators Symposium virtually, welcoming over 550 guests from across the world, for a 3-day discussion on climate and health in November.
Breakout sessions can be viewed via our CLEO YouTube Channel.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sumita Khatri,from the American Lung Association, shared the stories of her patients affected by the changed conditions brought on by the climate crisis. “People of color are 1.5 times more likely to live in a county that has a failing grade [in air quality],” she said, identifying that climate will affect different regions and demographics unequally. She also shared the trailer for the documentary Unbreathable: The Fight for Healthy Air.
CLIMATE IMPACTS ON HEALTH
Key takeaways from our panel moderated by a fellow in the American College of Physicians, Dr. Cheryl Holder :
Following our panel, we had one of our most powerful youth voices talk about climate action:
Climate, Health & Food Breakout
Keynote: John W. Roulac – Executive Producer of Kiss the Ground. John discussed the challenges and solutions of soil restoration for sequestering carbon and restoring the environment. He cited opportunities in agriculture, economics, and policy to move away from harmful mechanical agriculture practices and the need to regenerate the natural world.
His keynote was followed by 3 breakout sessions focused on climate, health, and food with:
Clinicians Breakout: Climate, Weather & Clinical Practice
Hosted by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine with Dr. Naresh Kumar, & Dr. Mehdi S. Mirsaeidi
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Katharine Hayhoe shared that, although there is American consensus that climate change is a problem to address, there is a tendency of Americans to believe that it will not affect their communities. The communities already at-risk for climate change are also at-risk from other systemic problems (including COVID-19), remarking, “Climate change is profoundly unfair”.
Following our keynote, we had a special announcement from Dr. CarriAyne Jones-Parr from the British Consulate-General, Atlanta. She discussed the UK’s commitments to fighting the climate crisis. She discussed the 10-point plan of the UK’s proposed Green Industrial Revolution to make transitions by 2030, including changes to energy, transportation, and infrastructure investment.
EXTREME WEATHER IMPACTS ON HEALTH
Key takeaways from our panel moderated by NBC6 Chief Meteorologist John Morales:
The Power of Communication with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe and The CLEO Institute.
This session focused on the importance of talking about the climate crisis with others. Dr. Hayhoe provided tips on how to best communicate the science, impacts, and solutions, and emphasized the importance of finding common ground with people when talking about this issue.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mark Z. Jacobson talked about how to move to a renewable energy economy (primarily through wind, hydro, and solar power) as a solution to greenhouse gas emissions and the updating of transportation, heating/cooling systems, and industrial sectors. He provided examples of energy generation and storage technologies for use in an all-electricity infrastructure, including approaches to individual home conversion that saves money in the long run.
A POLICY DISCUSSION TO GUIDE CLIMATE AND HEALTH-RELATED POLICIES
Key takeaways from our panel, moderated by the Director for SACE, Susan Glickman:
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All sponsorships are tax-deductible, and all proceeds from this event go to help fund our climate education in Florida.