Event: Accelerating a just transition for healthy people and a healthy planet

When: 5th December 2023, 15:00-16:30
Where: Side event room 4
Co-hosts: Global Climate and Health Alliance, Health Care Without Harm, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University College London, World Federation of Public Health Associations

Preview here. 

The health of people and the planet are increasingly threatened by climate change and the practices which drive it. These impacts are rooted in, and exacerbate, global health inequalities and injustices. A healthy and just transition which centres on the needs of people and communities to improve health and reduce inequalities while protecting the environment on which we depend is vital to ensure a safe and sustainable future. 

This event will highlight the ways in which business as usual adversely affects health, and how these impacts fall most heavily on communities least responsible for their making. Panellists will explore how to address these challenges through transformative action across sectors which responds to the priorities of those most affected through inclusive and participatory approaches. Through expertise shared by those with first hand experience, academics and civil society, this event will explore how applying a health lens to just transition planning and implementation can support shared goals. Speakers will identify principles for a healthy and just transition across sectors, and share solutions and ways forward. 

Speakers include

  • Erabanabari Theophilus, Climate and Health Advocate
  • Dr Arvind Kumar, Founder Trustee, Lung Care Foundation
  • Jess Beagley, Policy Lead, Global Climate and Health Alliance
  • Felipe Pino Zúñiga, Lawyer  and Project Coordinator, FIMA Chile
  • Louis Jamart, Director of Strategy and Operations, Lancet Countdown
  • Dr Laalitha Surapaneni, Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
  • Sarah Whitmee, PhD, Assistant Professor, Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health, LSHTM
  • Hannah Marcus, Co-chair, Environmental Health Working Group of the World Federation of Public Health Associations
  • Shweta Narayan, Global Climate and Health Campaigner, Health Care Without Harm
  • Michael Poland, Campaign Director, Fossil Fuel Non Proliferation Treaty
  • Victor Carmen, Indigenous youth climate health advocate
  • Joy Phumaphi, Co-Chair, Pathfinder Initiative