On Tuesday, December 13 2016, the Harvard Global Health Institute hosted a symposium entitled “Capturing the Carbon Dividend: Health Benefits of Climate Mitigation,” with co-sponsorship from the Harvard Law School’s Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic. The symposium was introduced by Michelle Williams, Dean of the Faculty at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who described health as “the human face of climate change.”
Rainer Sauerborn, outgoing Director of the Institute of Public Health at the University of Heidelberg, and lead author of the health chapter of the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, gave the keynote address. Dr Sauerborn highlighted the grave inadequacy of data and research in the domain of climate change and health, as well as outlining the importance of climate and health cobenefits in overcoming many of the communications and policy challenges posed by climate change.
Two panels, featuring speakers from the Chan School, the Graduate School of Design, the Center for Health and the Global Environment, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health discussed the evidence for, and implementation of, climate-health cobenefits.
Dr Aaron Bernstein, Co-Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, delivered closing remarks, in which he highlighted the need to prepare the next generation of scholars and researchers to address this immense and urgent challenge.
Power points from the keynote speaker, Dr. Rainer Sauerborn can be found below: