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Climate change is damaging human health. While we’re getting used to seeing the impacts in faraway places on the news, changes to our local climate and their effects are becoming harder to ignore.
Increasingly intense heatwaves are already harming the health of Reading residents, especially older people, sufferers of diabetes, cardiovascular problems or kidney disease and anyone who works outdoors. The same fossil fuel emissions driving climate change also directly exacerbate respiratory conditions. In Reading the mortality rate from respiratory diseases for those under 75 has been increasing since 2011.
Published in November 2020, The Reading Countdown was the first town or city report tracking the links between climate change and health at a local level, inspired by the global Lancet Countdown. With the NHS still reeling from the impact of the pandemic, the need to reduce pressure on the public healthcare system is starkly relevant.
Environmental economist Elizabeth Robinson will join us to talk through some of the issues she and her colleagues discussed in the report, their implications and what we can do about them.
You will also have a chance to ask questions, so remember to register promptly for this important session.
About the speaker: Professor Elisabeth Robinson
Elizabeth Robinson is professor of environmental economics at the University of Reading, with over twenty-five years’ experience undertaking research in lower-income countries, including seven living in China, Ghana, India, and Tanzania. She has a first-class degree in Engineering, Economics, and Management, from the University of Oxford, and a PhD in Applied Economics from Stanford University.
Before joining the University of Reading she has variously worked at the Boston Consulting Group, the World Bank, Natural Resources Institute, and as a tutorial fellow in economics at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on climate change mitigation, systemic risk, and health, oriented particularly around food security and food systems.
About the panellists:
Peter Moore has been Head of Climate Strategy at Reading Borough Council since November 2019. He has previously worked for two other local authorities (in Dorset and Kent), as a Director of two national environmental charities (Butterfly Conservation and the Campaign to Protect Rural England), and as a director of a public affairs consultancy.
Rishi is Head of Sustainable Finance and Just Transition for NatWest Group which encompasses the bank’s activities supporting the transition to a lower carbon economy and increasing funding to areas with a wider social purpose. The bank has set a £20bn funding and financing target to support climate and sustainable finance.
Outside the bank Rishi serves as an elected Councillor in Camden, representing Bloomsbury ward, and is Chair of the London Borough of Camden Pension Committee. Rishi also serves on the boards of the UK Sustainable Investment & Finance Association and RenewableUK.
This is an online meet up through Zoom platform. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite. Please scroll to the bottom of the email to the ‘Additional Information’ section to see instructions for joining this webinar.
13:00 – 13:05pm: Welcome and introduction to the Speakers
13:05 – 13:25pm: Presentation of the topic by Professor Elisabeth Robinson
13:25 – 13:35pm: Response to presentation by guest panellists
13:35 – 13:55pm: Questions from the audience & discussion
13:55 – 14:00pm: Wrap-up and mentions of relevant upcoming events, etc.
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