NOTE: Due to winter storm conditions, this event has been canceled.
A global climate change expert and former leader in an organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize will speak at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire about climate change as the world's top public health challenge.
Dr. Jonathan Patz, professor and director of the Global Health Institute at UW-Madison, will present "Climate Change, Health Risks and Opportunities for Wisconsin and World," at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in Room 1614 of Centennial Hall. The presentation is the first in a series on sustainability and health sponsored by UW-Eau Claire's Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies. Patz’s presentation is free and open to the community.
"We are thrilled and honored to host Dr. Patz here at UW-Eau Claire," said Dr. Karen Mumford, director of UW-Eau Claire's Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies. "He combines his extraordinary climate and health-based expertise with a genuine sense of optimism. Dr. Patz has long maintained that addressing climate change will yield multiple benefits to the well-being of people, our communities and the planet."
For 15 years, Patz served as a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) — the organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. He also co-chaired the health expert panel of the U.S. National Assessment on Climate Change, a report mandated by the U.S. Congress. Patz’s research focuses on the environmental health effects of climate change and multi-sector solutions for global health. Patz has been invited to brief both houses of Congress, has served on several scientific committees of the National Academy of Sciences, and served as founding president of the International Association for Ecology and Health.
“[It’s important to] be aware that climate change truly is a public health issue and something that affects our own health,” Patz said in a May 2018 interview with Minnesota Public Radio. “It’s not simply something that affects the polar bears and biodiversity. Too often people overlook the fact that indeed there are so many pathways in which climate can affect our health.”
Parking for those attending Patz’s UW-Eau Claire presentation will be available without a permit in any university lot.