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Climate Change and Child Health: Where is Canadian Global Health Research?
This webinar will address how today’s children experience the health impacts of climate change throughout their lifetime. We already know that children are at a different and increased risk from environmental hazards compared to adults and a multitude of studies show that this is also valid for the effects of climate change. As per the UN Convention on the Rights of Child, all children deserve the right to grow up in a healthy, sustainable environment where they can reach their full potential as citizens of the world. Yet, as recent literature reviews point out, there are critical gaps in global health research and our scientific understanding about the connections between child health and the changing climate. Not only do we lack a sufficient overview of the situation, but most of the existing studies on climate impacts and child health focus on upper-middle-class-income or high-income countries, despite the fact that climate change is causing greater changes in the Global South and the Arctic. Furthermore, climate change disproportionately affects people already challenged by other stressors and negative socioeconomic factors. What are we missing as health researchers to identify hazards and conditions that impair children’s ability to grow and mature safely and in good health? This talk provides an overview of the situation and highlights some of the most critical gaps in current global health research on children’s health in the changing climate.

Speaker: Dr. Paivi Abernethy is an interdisciplinary researcher-practitioner with academic training in public health research (Lancaster University, UK, MRes); biochemistry (University of Copenhagen, Denmark, MSc); and children’s environmental health, health promotion, and sustainability governance (University of Waterloo, PhD).

Jan 26, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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