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Climate Change, Vulnerability and Health Equity in Canada: Understanding Linkages to Inform Adaptation
Current emissions of greenhouse gases put the world on track for warming of more than 2 degrees Celsius, a level that increases the risk of potentially severe climate change impacts on health. Climate change is increasing risks to the health of Canadians, but not all populations and communities will be affected by climate change equally. Existing health inequities are exacerbated by climate change impacts and adaptations may inadvertently perpetuate inequities if broader social, political and economic factors are not considered. Information on the health risks to Canadians from climate change and a new framework for understanding intersecting vulnerabilities that is being developed for the next national climate change and health assessment will be discussed in this presentation.

Jan 23, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Peter Berry Ph.D.
Senior Policy Analyst and Science Advisor @Health Canada Climate Change and Innovation Bureau
Since arriving at Health Canada, Dr. Peter Berry has conducted research in several areas related to climate change including health risks to Canadians, adaptive capacity, health system resilience, health vulnerability assessment and communicating climate change risks to the public. He is currently a Senior Policy Analyst and Science Advisor to the Director at the Climate Change and Innovation Bureau at Health Canada and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change at the University of Waterloo. Peter is currently an editor and author for the next National Climate Change and Health Assessment Report being led by Health Canada to be released in 2021. Among other scientific reports he contributed to the recently released Global Commission on Adaptation Background Paper “Health System Adaptation to Climate Variability and Change”.
Rebekka Schnitter MCC
Policy Analyst @Health Canada Climate Change and Innovation Bureau
Rebekka is a policy analyst at Health Canada’s Climate Change and Innovation Bureau. Her work includes supporting the National Climate Change and Health Assessment and the climate change and health capacity building program, HealthADAPT. Her primary research interests include exploring the relationship between climate change, food security and human health, and analysing the linkages between climate change and health equity. Rebekka completed her Bachelor of Science in geography at the University of Victoria and obtained a master’s degree in climate change from the University of Waterloo.