Join us virtually for our Climate, Environment, and Health monthly series.
Victor Dzau, MD, MPH
James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Duke University and President, National Academy of Medicine (NAM)
Climate change is not just an environmental concern but an imminent threat to individual and population health and a major challenge to health equity. Moreover, the health sector significantly contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. Recognizing their roles as healthcare providers and contributors to the climate crisis, clinicians and health professionals have a moral obligation to emphasize the profound significance of climate impacts on human health and equity at the national level. This lecture provides an overview of efforts – from the US National Academy of Medicine and others – which address the intersection of climate change and health, with an aim to raise awareness about the immediate threats to patient health and build a proactive path forward for the health sector.