Symposium: Climate Changemakers in Health; From Science to Action

donderdag 11 november 2021 | 13.00 - 17.30u

The devastating effects of climate change on access to clean air, safe water, food and safe environment are becoming more visible in our daily lives. Existing health treats are likely to intensify (such as mortality from water – and vectorborne diseases) and new health treats will emerge (such as deaths from heat stress); with the impact mostly felt in areas with a weak health infrastructure and among vulnerable populations.

The CALL TO ACT, formulated during the 2019 NVTG symposium ‘Climate Emergency’ was clearly heard and lead to the establishment of the NVTG Working Party Care for Climate (‘Zorg voor Klimaat’). In this symposium we combine SCIENCE & ACTION around the effects of climate change on planetary health. Scientific insights will guide the discussion during our symposium, and the floor will be given to ‘changemakers’ in health.

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Program breakdown below, more information click here.


13.00 Welcome – Sofie Jacobse and Inge Schepens of the NVTG Working Party Care for Climate and chair of the day Ellen Magnus

13.15 Are we ready to build health systems that consider the climate? – Keynote by Renzo R. Guinto, MD Dr PH – Associate Professor and Inaugural Director, Planetary and Global Health Program, St. Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine, Philippines Chief Planetary Health Scientist, Sunway Centre for Planetary Health, Malaysia

13.45 Communicating the impacts of climate change through art and dance – keynote by Melvine Anyango Otieno, PHA Next Generation Fellow, University of Eldoret, Kenya, Planetary Health Alliance 14.15 Break

14.30 Break-out sessions: during the breakout sessions we will give the floor to several sustainability pioneers in the Dutch Health Care system. They will collaborate give an overview of best clinical practices, most promising research topics and how to speak up as a health professional in the public debate.

15.20 Plenary reflection, harvesting from the break-out sessions.

15.45 Break

16.00 Which science for which climate action? Integrating science, community and culture for climate justice keynote by Gustavo A. García-López, Assistant Researcher, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra and holder of the Prince Claus Chair, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam (2019 – 2021) with focus on ‘Sustainable Development, Inequalities and Environmental Justice’

16.30 Plenary panel discussion with changemakers in health

17.15 Closure