Public forum targets connections between climate crisis and health

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.

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