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Webinar on Policy Intersections for the Global Crises of COVID-19 and Climate Change

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020
  • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Zoom

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Policy Intersections for the Global Crises of COVID-19 and Climate Change

COVID-19 and climate change are both global health emergencies with highly localized impacts. As people around the world practice physical distancing, net benefits from the resulting global economic pause have created opportunities for environmental conditions to improve. Proving that we can move remarkably quickly in the face of a global emergency, what then can we learn from the COVID-19 crisis to drive action on climate change? Can we design policies that address both emergency in tandem? This presentation shares several key similarities and differences for the drivers of the health policy response to COVID-19 and climate change. Scope of impact (from local to global), temporal dimensions of urgency, and implications for health equity are discussed before sharing policy examples from around the world that could help bolster sustainability, improve and protect human health, and do so in ways that support a just transition away from fossil fuels.


Chris G. Buse is a postdoctoral fellow in the UBC Centre for Environmental Assessment Research and an adjunct professor at the University of Northern British Columbia and the University of British Columbia. He studies intersectoral responses to the health impacts of environmental change using social science, epidemiological and community-engaged research strategies. His goal is to understand environmental health outcomes that manifest as a result of dynamic interactions between sociocultural, economic and ecological systems. Through a range of policy- and practice-relevant projects, his research responds to some the world’s most pressing sustainability and equity challenges. He also holds a PhD from the Social and Behavioural Health Sciences Division at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.


Johanne Saint-Charles is a member of the CCGHR Working Group on the Health Impacts of Climate Change and our volunteer organizer for this webinar. She is a Professor and the Director of the Institut Santé et société de l’UQAM in QC, Canada.

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