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Energy & Climate

Two Futures: Health in a Changing Climate


San Francisco, CA

DATE: Friday, Sept. 14
TIME: 9 a.m. — 10:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Impact Hub San Francisco, 1885 Mission St., 1st Floor, San Francisco, California 94103

Livestream: Available here. 


Climate change is killing us. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year between 2030 and 2050. As warming progresses, scientists and doctors expect further deaths and illnesses from extreme heat, poor air quality, increased exposure and vulnerability to pathogens, insecure food and water supplies, intensified natural disasters and declining mental health. Moreover, WHO estimates that 7 million people died from air pollution alone in 2016, much of which was the result of emissions from fossil fuel combustion. Climate action can provide immediate benefits to criteria air pollution, while staving off the worst health impacts of a warming world down the road. In this session, medical providers, public health experts, and elected officials on the frontlines of these growing threats will present data on the predictable costs to human health if global warming does not abate and discuss their efforts to build healthier communities through renewables deployment, electric transportation and city planning.


Ovie Mughelli, Founder & CEO, Ovie Mughelli Foundation

Two Futures: Health in a Changing Climate

Trevor Houser, Partner, Rhodium Group

Here and Hurting Us: Climate Impacts Today

Moderator: Kathy Calvin, President & CEO, UN Foundation


Panelists: Eriel Deranger, Director, Indigenous Climate Action

Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health The Aga Khan University

Mayor Wasim Akhtar, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, Pakistan

Dr. Maria Neira, Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization

A Video Message from Chef José Andrés

Air Pollution: Freedom to Breathe

Moderator: Kathy Calvin, President & CEO, UN Foundation


Panelists: Lord Mayor Prof. Dr. Eckart Würzner, City of Heidelberg

Dymphna van der Lans, CEO Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Ming Dengli, Chief, Science, Technology and International Cooperation Division, Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau

Gina McCarthy, former U.S. EPA Administrator, Director of C-CHANGE (Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Sri Manjunatha Prasad, Commissioner, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike


Commitments to Improve Health

Moderators: Gary Cohen, President & Co-Founder, Health Care Without Harm

Kathy Gerwig, Vice President, Employee Safety, Health & Wellness and Environmental Stewardship Officer, Kaiser Permanente