More information coming soon!
1. Water and sanitation in a changing climate - Mala Rao
2. Building sustainable healthcare systems: lessons learned from the UK and around the world - David Pencheon
3. Health and disaster risk reduction
4. Communicating climate change effectively, and skills for social media and communicating with the press - Tierney Smith
5. Health impacts of air pollution: HEAL's campaign against coal power in the EU – Julia Huscher
1. The international context: what do the post-2015 agenda and UNFCCC process mean for climate change and health campaigns? – Camilla Born, UKYCC/E3G
2. Healthy Air… for healthier people - Maria Arnold and Andrea Lee, ClientEarth
3. Building an international alliance of health professionals & organisations for action on climate change: how you can get involved - Nick Watts, Global Climate and Health Alliance
4. Population, sustainability & reproductive rights - Stephen Bown, Population Matters, and Felicia Yeung, Medsin
5. Communicating climate change and sustainability with a health frame: raising the profile of these issues around the IPCC report - James Smith, Public Health England and Isobel Braithwaite, Healthy Planet
1. Re-imagining the city: inspiring children, informing policy - Shuo Zhang
2. Grassroots action for a sustainable healthcare system: the Sustainable Specialties Network and NUS Green Impact scheme as case studies - Rachel Stancliffe, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare and Paula Morgenstern, UCL Energy Institute
3. Divestment and the UCL Fossil Free campaign _ Pekka Piraiinen and others involved in UCL Fossil Free campaign
4. Healthy Planet’s schools project: designing interactive educational activities - Roshni Patel, Mikaela Lindstedt, Healthy Planet UCL
5. Energy policy, health impacts and future Healthy Planet campaigns: how you can get involved – Alistair Wardrope, Marwan Mansour, Izzy Braithwaite
Mala Rao is Professor of International Health, University of East London and Honorary Consultant, Public Health England. She established the Public Health Foundation of India's first Institute of Public Health, prior to which she was Head of Public Health Workforce and Capacity at the UK Department of Health. Mala has been an active campaigner for greater awareness of the links between climate change and health since the 1990s, and has led many reviews and addressed audiences worldwide on the subject. She instigated, part-wrote and co-edited the 2009 book, ‘The Health Practitioner’s Guide to Climate Change’, and led the writing of the health chapter in the Government of India's 2010 Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change and a DFID assessment on the subject.
David Pencheon is a UK trained doctor and currently Director of the Sustainable Development Unit for the healthcare, public health and social care systems in England. He was previously Director of a Public Health Observatory in Cambridge from 2001 to 2007 and has worked as an NHS doctor, a joint Director of Public Health, a Public Health Training Programme Director in the East of England, with the NHS R&D programme, and in China in the early 1990s with Save the Children (UK). His main areas of research and publication are, amongst others: sustainable development, large-scale transformational change, health and climate change, underpinning action and policy with good evidence. He was awarded an OBE in 2012 for services to public health and the NHS.
Ilan Kelman (http://www.ilankelman.org) is a Reader in Risk, Resilience and Global Health at University College London, England. His overall research interest is linking risk, resilience and global health, including the integration of climate change into disaster research and health research. He has three main areas of interest: disaster diplomacy and health diplomacy http://www.disasterdiplomacy.org; island sustainability http://www.islandvulnerability.org; and risk education; http://www.riskred.org.
Tierney Smith is a journalist and blogger with a wide range of experience, working on local, national and international publications. Her work mainly focuses on environmental and climate change communications, including issues such as clean energy, biodiversity and climate justice and has seen her attend international UN negotiations focusing on climate change and biodiversity. Tierney is currently the Junior Editor for Europe at the Global Call for Climate Action (TckTckTck), working to create a more positive discourse around action on climate change.
Julia Huscher works at the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) in Brussels, coordinating HEAL’s campaign on coal-fired power plants and health. She has a background in climate science, and has been an activist on climate and other environmental issues for about ten years. With a campaign called Climate Pirates she helped to prevent the construction of a new coal-fired power plant in Germany, where she is originally from. Julia’s passion for health issues arose from her yoga practice and her love of nature and healthy environments. Currently the most burning question for Julia is how to talk to coal miners about a future without mining.
Camilla Born recently graduated with a Bsc in Geography from the University of Edinburgh and now works at E3G (Third Generation Environmentalism). Whilst at Edinburgh she worked on a number of additional projects in student politics, theatre, university sustainability, the creative industries, mentoring and environmental activism. Since early 2011, she has worked for the UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC) on a number of projects locally, nationally and internationally. Whilst living in Scotland she was active in a number of environmental networks, bringing a youth perspective to discussions on energy, corporate responsibility and green investment. More recently, as part of the UKYCC international team, she organised a large-scale youth capacity building summit (COY8) and facilitated the Article 6 (education and climate change) youth working group at COP18 in Doha. From early 2013, she began facilitating an informal coalition of organisations to campaign to keep climate change in the UK national curriculum. Alongside her work at E3G she continues to play an active role in the UKYCC as Co-Director, representing the international team.
Maria Arnold joined ClientEarth’s London office in 2012 as Health advisor for Clean Air. Previously Health Policy Analyst at the Sustainable Development Commission, she has worked to embed sustainable practices within the NHS and Department of Health, and to advocate policy that recognises the robust links between health, health inequalities and the environment. Maria has also managed environmental and public health projects at Southwark Council. She holds a BSc in Geography from the University of Bristol.
Nick Watts has been engaged on issues surrounding climate change and health for several years. He has a background in both medicine and economics, and has recently completed an MA in the Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health at UCL. He has written his honours and Masters dissertations on large-scale organisational change in health systems and development economics, respectively. Nick has been heavily involved in negotiations surrounding the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in a variety of capacities. He currently works as a consultant for the World Health Organization's Department on Public Health and the Environment, and as convenor for the Global Climate and Health Alliance. He also works as Head of Project for the forthcoming UCL-Lancet Commission on Climate Change and Health.
Stephen G. Bown set up and directed the National Medical Laser Centre in UCL, a clinical translational research group dedicated to understanding the interaction of light with living tissue and its use in detecting and treating human disease, from a background in physics and medicine. He has 300 scientific publications and has lectured in 42 countries. Partly retired with a post as an emeritus professor at UCL, he is now a Trustee of Population Matters, a charity dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of overpopulation in addressing so many environmental problems, particularly health-related ones. Within Population Matters, Stephen is setting up an education programme for schools.
Felicia Yeung is director of branch affairs at Medsin, and is currently on the Reproductive & Sexual Health Research MSc programme at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She will be going back into her final year of medical school next year. She is interested in sexual and reproductive rights, but has also become interested in the intersection with population and sustainability in recent years. Last year, Felicia attended the Women Deliver Conference 2013 where one of her personal highlights was attending a plenary on "Population, Sustainability, and Women's Rights".
James Smith is a public health consultant in Public Health England (PHE), and provides strategic coordination and leadership to PHE’s work on climate change and sustainable development. Prior to working in PHE James has worked in local public health in Suffolk and Bedfordshire, at the Centre for Diet and Physical Activity Research in Cambridge and at the NHS Sustainable Development Unit.
He is a qualified general practitioner and has been a scholar with the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence and an NHS leadership fellow in the East of England. You can find him on twitter at @drjnsmith.
Isobel Braithwaite is a fourth year medical student at UCL and national coordinator of Healthy Planet UK. She first became involved in the area of climate change, sustainability and health in her first year of University, through involvement in the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH)’s Sustainable Healthcare Education Network and later interning at the CSH for a summer. She recently attended an international climate summit in Warsaw, with a team of other young people as part of Healthy Planet, and is passionate about creating a network of students who are informed and actively engaged in the issues at the intersection of climate change, health and healthcare sustainability. She has recently finished a Masters' in Public Health - with a focus on Environment and Health - at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and hopes to work in this area in the future.
Shuo Zhang is a final year medical student at King's College London. She completed her preclinical years at Cambridge University, with a year in Politics, Psychology and Sociology. She is interested in the role of social and community projects in healthcare interventions, having trialled some sessions in primary schools teaching children about climate change and healthy living. In 2010, Shuo organised a conference on Climate Change and Health, focusing on how to make the NHS fit for the future, and currently leads on NHS sustainability for Healthy Planet UK.
Rachel Stancliffe is the founder and Director of the Oxford-based Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH). She graduated from Oxford in Human Sciences and then from the London School of Economics, and worked in public health initiatives in the UK, Georgia and Kazakhstan before helping to develop The Cochrane Library. The CSH runs several projects related to different aspects of healthcare sustainability, including education for sustainable healthcare, and has an extensive network of committed healthcare professionals, educators, patients and health policy-makers. She is motivated by making the best use of evidence and by creative partnerships to achieve change.
Paula Morgenstern is an engineer with a strong interest in the interface between technology and society. She holds a diploma degree in Chemical Engineering with a focus on energy from the Technical University of Hamburg. Paula has worked as assistant to numerous research projects in Germany, UK and Argentina as well as for a renewable energy provider. In 2011 she joined the UCL Energy Institute and for her MRes she looked at heat metering, which - although commonly considered straightforward - can be challenging in buildings with poor thermal performance. Currently, Paula is working on her PhD, in which she is hoping to improve the understanding of the factors which affect hospital electricity use.
Bios to come
Roshni Patel is in her third year of medical school at UCL, intercalating in Global Health. She is interested in the discourse surrounding climate change and its links to health worldwide. She is currently looking at climate change, food insecurity and violence for her dissertation, which has led her to think about the root causes of climate change. She feels that advocacy and education are important in creating change, and is one of the schools project coordinators for Healthy Planet at UCL, which has recently been established: the schools team aim to empower children to make sustainable choices in their own lives, and become agents of change in their communities.
Satomi is a first year student at UCL, undertaking Geography BSc. She is interested in such global challenges as climate change in relation to energy policy and sustainable development in local arena. She considers bottom-up movements through local education and training play an essential role in achieving far-reaching changes to people's attitude towards health and environment along with top-down policies from governments. As one of the school projects coordinators in Healthy Planet UCL, she aims to encourage children to be actively involved in creating sustainable communities through their own actions.
Alistair Wardrope is a third year medical student at the University of Sheffield, following an undergraduate degree in Physics and Philosophy at Oxford, and has been involved with Healthy Planet and Medsin for most of his time at Sheffield. He is currently working on establishing Healthy Planet UK’s policy working group, focussing on health issues in energy and transport policy. He is otherwise mainly found climbing, biking, or getting tangled up in feminist and communitarian bioethics.