The earth’s climate changes are affecting our health,
according to Joel Charles, a medical student and expert in public health at UW-Madison
School of Medicine and Public Health.
Charles will discuss “The Climate Crisis and American
Health: Turning from Threat to Opportunity” at the University of
Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. in Collins Classroom
Center, Room 101. Free and open to the public, the lecture is co-sponsored by
the UW-Stevens Point Student Health Service and Sustainability Office as well
as several area community groups.
“Damage to human health is the most important impact of
climate change,” said Charles. His talk will include the current state of the
climate crisis, how it will affect our health and how current energy systems’ effect
on health presents a major opportunity. He also will provide clear policy
prescriptions and actions for the audience to take.
Charles holds a master of public health degree. After
earning his medical degree, he plans to practice family medicine while continuing
his advocacy for climate policy through the Citizens Climate Lobby. He also
networks with health professionals and organizes efforts to help climate
activists become literate in the health impacts of climate change.