Healthy Planet, Better World
Bringing the health community together to address our global ecological crises.9 Dec 2016 |
The focus of Friday’s sessions will be to examine the relationship between environment and health. They will cover a wide range of interconnected issues related to the breaching of planetary boundaries: from economic, energy and food systems to violent conflict and migration, and how health services themselves will be affected. First, Professor Kevin Anderson and economist Kate Raworth will provide an overview of the ecological crises we are facing today. This will be followed by three lectures in four parallel sessions, which will progress from the problems we face as a health community, to the potential solutions we can drive forward.
Unsustainable Systems: Economic, Food, Energy and Health
Health impacts of Climate and Environmental Change: Present and Future
The Better World: Adaptation, Mitigation and Co-benefits to Health
For those with a particular interest in food systems, alternative economics, or energy and health, streams of sessions related to these topics are highlighted so that the issues can be followed from problems to solutions. If, on the other hand, you would rather explore a range of topics each session can also stand alone.
On Friday night join The Age of Stupid producer Lizzie Gillett, The Guardian’s Environment Editor John Vidal, Chief Executive of London Cycling Campaign Ashok Sinha, and The Grantham Institute’s Professor Joanna Haigh, to review clips from the original film and explore the question – Are we still in the Age of Stupid?
Saturday will equip delegates to explore how they can address the impacts of environmental change on health. Plenaries for the whole audience will bring together a range of progressive health and environmental speakers who can share experience and inspiration. Four parallel workshops will then enable skill sharing and give delegates an opportunity to learn about the issues in which the health community is already active, with the hope that more will join this health movement as we advocate and mobilise for change.
Saturday evening will see the return of the ever-popular Folk & Word to the Medact Forum: a collected assembly of artists, poets and musicians will offer their reflections on discussions and vision of the conference.
Entry to each evening event will be included with conference tickets, but if you can’t make it during the day then separate evening tickets will also be available nearer the time.