Climate Change, Health, and Social Justice Lecture Series

This series of lectures on Climate Change, Health, and Social Justice is made possible by a Duke Intellectual Community Planning Grant.

The climate crisis impacts health directly and by exacerbating chronic social inequities.  What are the issues?  How can we act as responsible members of our shared community?  Expand perspectives, understand connections and identify modes of action.

January 13, 12:00-1:00 PM ET
Session I – From Planet to Patient: Understanding Connections, Issues, and Actions

Connecting Planetary Health and Human Health... Ethically
Howard Frumkin, MD, DrPH

Opportunities for Clinical Action at the Intersection of Climate Change and Health Equity
Aparna Bole, MD

See recording of Session I.

February 3, 12:00-1:00 PM ET
Session II – Structures and Systems: From Geography to the Workplace                     

The Geography of Environmental Inequity
Jeremy Hoffman, PhD

Healthcare Delivery in the Climate Crisis
Emily Senay, MD, MPH

See recording of Session II.

March 3, 12:00-1:00 PM ET
Session III – Finding Our Roots and Looking to Our Future

Nature's Guardians: What Indigenous Voices Can Teach Us
Lori Byron, MD and Robert Byron, MD, MPH

The Climate Crisis and Pregnancy
Bruce Bekkar, MD and Nathaniel DeNicola, MD, MSHP

See recording of Session III.

National and Global Resources

Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education - click here
Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health - click here
Planetary Health Alliance - click here
Climate for Health
Medical Students for a Sustainable Future.
Children and Nature Network

Resources in North Carolina

Medical Advocates for Healthy Air
NC Peds Climate Change Task Force  contact:


Watts, N., Amann, M., Arnell, N., et al.  The 2020 report of The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: responding to converging crises. Published online December 2, 2020 DOI. Click here.