"Solving the Global Climate Crisis Will Be the Health Cure of the Century" lecture with Jonathan Patz

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Lory Student Center Grey Rock Room

The School of Global Environmental Sustainability welcomes SoGES External Advisory Board member, Jonathan Patz, Professor and John P Holton Chair of Health and the Environment and Director of the Global Health Institute, University of Wisconsin to speak at Colorado State University.

The global climate crisis poses large risks to public health through many exposure pathways — from heat waves and air pollution to malnutrition, infectious diseases, and social dislocation. At the same time, confronting the cause of climate change — reducing greenhouse gas emissions — offers large benefits to health, especially by reducing chronic diseases. How we produce our energy and food, and how we transport ourselves in cities will determine our human health in this century, and the evidence thus far shows that a low-carbon society may represent the largest public-health opportunity of our times.

Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, is Professor & John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also directs the Global Health Institute. Patz co-chaired the health expert panel of the first Congressionally mandated US National Assessment on Climate Change and was a convening lead author for the international Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.  For 14 years, Patz was a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.  In 1994, Dr. Patz convened the first-ever session on climate change for the American Public Health Association (APHA) and authored the organization’s first policy resolution on climate change in 1995.  In 1997, he organized the first climate change/health briefing to an EPA administrator (Carol Browner) and has been invited to brief both houses of Congress and serve on scientific committees of the National Academy of Sciences. From 2006 to 2010, Patz served as Founding President of the International Association for Ecology and Health.  Professor Patz received an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellows Award in 2005, and UW-Madison’s Romnes Faculty Fellow award in 2009. He shared the Zayed International Prize for the Environment in 2006, won a Fulbright Scholar award in 2014, recieved APHA’s Homer Calver Award for environmental health leadership in 2015, and the 2017 Alumni Special Recognition award from Case Western School of Medicine. He’s written nearly 100 peer-reviewed papers plus multiple reports, two co-edited textbooks and an encyclopedia on global environmental health (online CV:  http://ghi.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Abbrev-online-vers-Patz-CV-November-2015.pdf )

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