Climate change and health

Climate change and health. Photo: Yaorusheng / Getty Images .

Sir Andy Haines is Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His most recent book “Planetary Health: Safeguarding Human Health and the Environment in the Anthropocene “, was published in July 2021 by Cambridge University Press.

About the topic of this year’s lecture, Professor Haines said, “I will be focusing on the issue of climate change, how it’s going to impact human health and the kind of actions we need to take to reduce the impact.”

“Climate change will have far-reaching and potentially catastrophic effects on health, with the largest burden falling on the poor, who have contributed the least to emissions. ”

— Sir Andy Haines, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

In the abstract for this year’s lecture, Professor Haines wrote, “The effects of climate change on health may be direct – for example, from extreme heat. Effects can also be mediated through ecosystems, such as changes in the incidence and distribution of vector-borne diseases, including dengue and malaria, or through socio-economic pathways such as impoverishment and population displacement.”

Press briefing with Sir Andy Haines, WHO and SEI

For journalists, a press briefing will be held after the Gordon Goodman Memorial Lecture on 15 September 2021. This is a unique opportunity for journalists to pose questions to:

  • Maria Neira, Director, Public Health and the Environment Department, World Health Organization
  • Sir Andy Haines, Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health, Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Johan C.I. Kuylenstierna, Research Leader, SEI.

Agenda and registration

The press briefing will be led by SEI Lead Press Officer Annika Flensburg, held online via Microsoft Teams and closed to the public.

15:00–16:30 CEST – Lecture, panel discussion and audience interaction
16:30–17:00 CEST – Press briefing with Sir Andy Haines, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Maria Neira, WHO and Johan Kuylenstierna, SEI.

Join the press briefing by sending an email to annika.flensburg@sei.org and you will receive a Microsoft Teams link prior the meeting. Please note that registration for the press briefing is separate to the lecture.

Join the Gordon Goodman Memorial Lecture with Professor Andy Haines by signing up here .

Swedish high-level event

Welcome remarks will be presented by Åsa Persson, Deputy Director, SEI, Dan Larhammar , President, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and Astrid Söderbergh Widding , President, Stockholm University. Anders Nordström, Ambassador for Global Health at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, will moderate a panel discussion with international experts.

The Gordon Goodman Memorial Lecture is held in honour of Gordon Goodman, founding director of the Beijer Institute at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (1977–1989) and the Stockholm Environment Institute (1989–1991).

Eva Nevelius, Press Officer, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
+46 70 878 67 63
eva.nevelius@kva.se

Per Larsson, Communications Officer, Stockholm University
+46 70 581 1213
per.larsson@su.se

Organizers

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences aims to promote the sciences and strengthen their influence in society.

The Stockholm Environment Institute is an international non-profit research and policy organization that tackles environment and development challenges. We connect science and decision-making to develop solutions for a sustainable future for all.

Stockholm University is one of Europe’s leading centres for higher education and research.

Logos for Gordon Goodman 2021

Organizers of the Gordon Goodman Memorial Lecture