About this event

  • Date and time Tue 20 Jul 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Location Online

Discover the role of health professionals in the climate change emergency.

Healthcare professionals - Register to discover your role in the climate change discussion and find out how you can influence change.

This final episode of the Health emergency of climate change series will focus on the role of healthcare professionals in the climate change discussion, and how they can advocate and have an impact, particularly ahead of COP26 in November. 

To wrap up the Royal Society of Medicine's 10-part series, we bring together an expert panel to discuss what healthcare professionals can do to frame climate change as a health issue, how to make a difference in their daily practice, and how to have influence through their organisations and groups. 

The discussion will feature Dr Cheryl Holder, President of the Florida State Medical Association and co-chair of the Florida Clinicians for Climate Action, and Dr David Pencheon, Founding Director of the NHS Sustainable Development Unit, and Dr Rita Issa, Clinical Research Fellow in Climate Change, Migration and Health at UCL and co-founder of Doctors for Extinction Rebellion

During this webinar speakers will:

  • Understand the role of healthcare professionals in the climate change discussion 
  • Understand how and why climate change should be framed as a healthcare issue 
  • Learn about ways for healthcare professionals to have an impact on their daily practice 
  • Learn more about advocating around climate change ahead of COP26

View our climate change resources page to learn more or book onto the next episode of the series here

In this 10-part Health emergency of climate change series, experts from across the health community will unite to address the impact that climate change is having on human health. By positioning health and wellbeing at the centre of the climate change discussion, the Royal Society of Medicine will give healthcare professionals the opportunity to understand the links between climate change and health and recognise how they can help combat climate change and its effects.

Do you have a question for our panelists? If so, please submit your questions here and they will be answered during the webinar.

We would like to thank Michael Rapp for his generous support enabling free access to this webinar series.

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. Late registrations will not be accepted.

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Key speakers

Dr Cheryl Holder

President of the Florida State Medical Association and co-chair of the Florida Clinicians for Climate Action

Dr David Pencheon

Founding Director of the NHS Sustainable Development Unit

Dr Rita Issa

Clinical Research Fellow in Climate Change, Migration and Health at UCL and Co-Founder of Doctors for Extinction Rebellion

Agenda

View the programme 20 July 2021

Welcome and introduction

Professor Linda Luxon, Honorary Treasurer of the Royal Society of Medicine

Young voices video montage

The session will open with a video montage of children and young people from around the world offering their perspectives on climate change, and what needs to happen now.

Panel discussion

Panel members:

Dr Cheryl Holder, President of the Florida State Medical Association and co-chair of the Florida Clinicians for Climate Action

Dr David Pencheon, Founding Director of the NHS Sustainable Development Unit

Dr Rita Issa, Clinical Research Fellow in Climate Change, Migration and Health at UCL and co-founder of Doctors for Extinction Rebellion

Closing remarks

Location

Online

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Disclaimer:All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

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