Launch of the 2018 Canada-specific Lancet Countdown Report

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From wildfires to heat emergencies climate change is the greatest threat to health today.

Join Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Canadian Policy Brief authors, Drs. Courtney Howard and James Orbinski as they reveal top Canadian climate-health challenges and recommendations for a healthy response to climate change.

The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change is an international research collaboration dedicated to tracking the world's response to climate change and how it affects global health. Reporting annually in The Lancet, it follows a series of indicators, demonstrating that this transition is possible, that it has already begun, but that more work is needed.

The launch of the 2018 edition of the Canada-specific report will focus in on some key indicators that are particularly relevant in the Canadian context:

  • Heat-related public health emergencies;
  • Mortality rates related to air pollution from coal and other contributors;
  • Health benefits of a strong, predictable price on carbon;
  • Trends in media coverage of climate change and health; and
  • Impact of climate change on mental health.

The discussion will offer insights into the Canadian indicators in the global context, allowing for health policy-makers, academics and others to learn more about action towards a healthy climate in Canada. A Q&A session will follow the presentation by Drs. Howard, Orbinski, and others.

Date: Thursday November 29th 2018

Location: Nat Taylor Cinema, Room 102 - Ross North Building, York University

Agenda: Two consecutive sessions; see details and list of panellists below:

Morning Panel (9:00am-11:30am)

9am-11:30am: Launch of the 2018 Canada-specific Lancet Countdown Report will include a presentation, panel discussion, and a Q&A portion by:

  • Sandy Buchman (Canadian Medical Association),
  • Ian Culbert (Canadian Public Health Association),
  • Ian Hamilton (Lancet Countdown),
  • Katie Hayes (Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto),
  • Courtney Howard (Lancet Countdown),
  • James Orbinski (Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research), and
  • George Kitching (Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University).
8:30am-9:00am 30 mins Arrive, coffee
9:00 10 mins Welcome by James Orbinski, Director DIGHR, York U
9:10 5 mins Intro/bio of Ian Hamilton
9:15 15 mins Presentation on the Lancet Commissions and the Countdown project main messages of the 2018 International Countdown Report
9:30 5 mins Intro/bio of Courtney Howard
9:35 15 mins Presentation of the 2018 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Briefing for Canadian Policy Makers
9:50 5 mins Intro/bio of Sandy Buchman
9:55 15mins Canadian Medical Association (CMA) reacts to the combined reports
10:10 5 mins Intro/bio of Ian Culbert
10:15 15mins Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) reacts to the combined reports
10:30 15 mins Break
10:45am-11:30am 45 mins Panel Discussion and Q&A moderated by Ian Hamilton

Afternoon Panel (1:00pm-4:00pm)

1pm-4pm: Civil Society Initiatives on “Health and Climate Change”. The panel will offer insights into the Canadian indicators in the global context. Panelists include:

  • Steve Cornish (David Suzuki Foundation),
  • Carol Devine (Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF),
  • Joseph Pallant (Blockchain For Climate Foundation),
  • Jose Etcheverry (Sustainability Energy Initiative, York University), and
  • Edward Xie (Global Health Emergency Medicine, University of Toronto).
1:00pm 15 mins Welcome by James Orbinski, Director DIGHR, York U
1:15 5 mins Intro/bio of Carol Devine
1:20 15 mins Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
1:35 5 mins Intro/bio Steve Cornish
1:40 15 mins David Suzuki Foundation
1:55 5 mins Intro/bio of Edward Xie
2:00 15 mins Global Health Emergency Medicine, U of Toronto
2:15 5 mins Intro/ bio of Joseph Pallant
2:20 15 mins Blockchain For Climate Foundation
2:35 5 mins Intro/bio Jose Etcheverry
2:40 15 mins York University’s Sustainability Energy Initiative
2:55pm-3:45pm 50 mins Public Q&A
3:45pm-4:00pm 15 mins Close by Courtney Howard and James Orbinski