Lectures from the first series can be found here. This winter’s course will provide new insights for all participants of the first lecture cycle, while being a stand-alone course for new participants.
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18.11.2020, 5:00 – 6:30 pm CET
Introduction to Planetary Health – Science and Social Movement
Samuel Myers (Principal Research Scientist, Planetary Health, Exposure, Epidemiology, and Risk Program, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health; Director, Planetary Health Alliance)
Martin Herrmann (Chair, German Climate Change and Health Alliance)
Melvine Otieno (Founder, Planetary Health Eastern Africa Hub)
Planetary Health is a scientific discipline, a philosophy for living and a social movement. The first lecture will give an introduction to key aspects, latest developments and emerging solutions. Dr. Samuel Myers, Director of the Planetary Health Alliance, will focus on planetary health as a scientific discipline as well as emerging solutions. Melvine Otieno, initiator of the planetary health hub in Eastern Africa, will talk about the situation in Kenya and eastern Africa. Martin Herrmann, chair of the German Climate Change and Health Alliance, will point to the highly dynamic and fastly growing planetary health movement in the German speaking countries. The movement has its focus on converting knowledge into transformative action.
Director of the Planetary Health Alliance
Samuel Myers is the Director of the Planetary Health Alliance and works at the intersection of human health and global environmental change. He holds a BA from Harvard College and a MD from Yale Medical School. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Principle Research Scientist, Planetary Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as well as Director of the Planetary Health Alliance.
German Climate Change and Health Alliance (KLUG)
Founder and chair of the German Climate Change and Health Alliance – KLUG. Martin Herrmann has accompanied transformational change processes in global health and commercial contexts for more than 30 years. A doctor by training, he soon started to advise companies and NGOs, creating new concepts for organizational development. Today he teaches at international business schools and universities. He is especially passionate about linking complexity science and Hannah Arendt political philosophy to the transformational challenges of our time.
Planetary Health Hub Eastern Africa
Melvine Otieno is the founder of the Planetary Health Eastern Africa Hub and an associate member of Women Leaders for Planetary Health. She is in her final year pursuing MSc in Environmental Health at the University of Eldoret. Melvine’s current work focuses on the establishment of the Planetary Health Network and development of short-term, mid-term and long-term corona virus recovery measures in Eastern Africa which takes into account Planetary Health perspectives.
02.12.2020, 5:00 – 6:30 pm CET
Planetary Health Dimensions
Gary Belkin (Founder Billion Minds Institute; Former Deputy Health Commissioner for New York City)
Nosiku Munyinda (Lecturer, University of Zambia)
Sonja Schönberg (Research Associate, Bern University of Applied Sciences)
In the second lecture, we will elaborate on some of the core dimensions of planetary health. In the first lecture series, we focused on the impact of climate change and biodiversity loss on health. This time we will have a closer look at environmental pollution as a consequence of human behaviour and mental health impacts related to climate and environmental change.
Founder Billion Minds Institute; Former Deputy Health Commissioner for New York City
Gary is Founder and President, Billion Minds Institute, and Visiting Scientist, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. A psychiatrist who approaches mental health as a building block of social policy and progress, he recently founded Billion Minds as a non-profit policy and “think-action tank.”
Gary is the former Executive Deputy Commissioner in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Before joining city government, he was Medical Director for Behavioral Health across the Health and Hospitals Corporation of the City of New York.
A graduate of Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University Gary earned his MPH at Harvard School of Public Health and a doctorate in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University.
University of Zambia School of Public Health
Nosiku Munyinda is a Lecturer and Researcher responsible for the Environmental Pollution and Toxicology Unit in the Department of Environmental Health- School of Public Health at the University of Zambia. She has a background in Environmental Science and Management with specific expertise in Natural Resources Management and Environmental Engineering. Her PhD Study looked at “Recent Exposure to DDT and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Children of selected communities in Zambia”. Her research interests lie in the interactions of the environment with human health and generally the impact of Climate Change, economic development and pollution on health.
Research Associate, Bern University of Applied Sciences
Sonja Schönberg is teacher and researcher at Bern University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Health Professions, Department Nutrition and Dietetics. She is head of the working groups “Diets 4 Planetary Health” and “Sustainable development for health professions”. She is also head of the “Swiss dietician’s expert group on sustainable diets”. She holds a MSc Food, Nutrition & Health and is Dietician, BSc.
16.12.2020, 5:00 – 6:30 pm CET
Planetary Health Ethics
Teddie Potter (Clinical Professor, Director of Planetary Health, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota)
Kai Spiekermann (Professor of Political Philosophy, Doctoral Programme Director, Department of Government, London School of Economics)
Jennifer Cole (Research Fellow, Royal Holloway University of London)
Katharina Wabnitz (Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge)
Recognising the planetary health emergency radically changes the perspective on how we live, act and think. This implies critically reviewing existing ethical and philosophical concepts while we engage in transformative action at the same time.
How do we understand our relationship to the natural agents and dynamics that we are part of?
How do we work together in the face of the evolving emergency? How do we deal with the enormous injustice becoming apparent?
Clinical Professor, Director of Planetary Health, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota
Dr. Potter is deeply committed to climate change education including co-founding Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate, membership in the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, and membership on the American Academy of Nursing Environment and Public Health Expert Panel. She is a member of the Coordinating Committee of Columbia University’s Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education and a Fellow in the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. She chairs Clinicians for Planetary Health (C4PH) and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Planetary Health Alliance at Harvard.
At the University of Minnesota, Dr. Potter designed and co-teaches an interdisciplinary course titled “The Global Climate Challenge: Creating an Empowered Movement for Change”. In addition, she co-leads a Health Sciences initiative titled, “Climate Change and Health: An Interprofessional Response.” In 2019, Dr. Potter was appointed the first Director of Planetary Health for the School of Nursing.
Professor of Political Philosophy, Doctoral Programme Director, Department of Government, London School of Economics
Kai Spiekermann is Professor of Political Philosophy in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics. He works on democratic theory and the philosophy of the social sciences. Among his research interests are group decisions, social epistemology (and especially epistemic justifications of democracy), the ethics of environmental change, and the methodology of political theory and political science. His latest book (with Robert E. Goodin) is An Epistemic Theory of Democracy. You can find more information about Kai at www.kaispiekermann.net
Research Fellow, Royal Holloway University of London
Jennifer Cole is an biological anthropologist and holds a PhD in computer science and biology. She had been a public health policy advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation Economic Concil on Planetary Health, a programme that ran from 2017 to 2019 at the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford. She is currently a Research Fellow at Royal Holloway’s Department of Geography . She is also author of the book “Planetary Health – Human Health in an Era of Global Environmental Change”.
German Climate Change and Health Alliance (KLUG)
Katharina is a medical doctor and currently works as a Research Associate for The Lancet-Chatham House Commission on Improving Population Health post COVID-19 as well as for the working group Evidence-based Public Health at the Pettenkofer School of Public Health, Munich. She is expecting her MSc degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (cohort 2019/2020). In her recently published comment in The Lancet “A pledge for planetary health to unite health professionals in the Anthropocene”, she and her co-authors propose an update to what is best known as the Hippocratic Oath for Physicians – a pledge which reflects the ethos and role of health professionals facing current and future challenges for heal.
13.01.2021, 5:00 – 6:30 pm CET
Gender and Global South Perspective
Courtney Howard (Emergency Physician; Clinical Associate Professor, Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary; Leadership Candidate, Green Party of Canada)
Adenike Oladosu (Activist, Eco-feminist, Journalist)
Francis Kuria Kagema (Secretary-General of the African Council of Religious Leaders-RfP)
We will deepen our understanding of Planetary Health Ethics through focusing on two key themes related to justice: the gender perspective and the Global South perspective.
Emergency Physician; Clinical Associate Professor, Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary; Leadership Candidate, Green Party of Canada
Dr Courtney Howard is an Emergency Physician in Canada’s subarctic, and the first female President of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). She led the 2017-2019 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Briefings for Canadian Policymakers and was the 2018 International Policy Director for the Lancet Countdown.Dr Howard has researched menstrual cups and wildfires, and led policy work and advocacy regarding ecoanxiety, movement-building, active transport, plant-rich diets, divestment, carbon pricing, coal phase-out, and hydraulic fracturing. She sits on the board of the Canadian Medical Association, the Editorial Advisory Board of the LancetPlanetary Health and the steering committee of the Planetary Health Alliance. As chair of the advocacy subcommittee of the WHO-Civil Society Working Group on Climate Change and Health, she helped launch the Healthy Recovery initiative which gained the support of two-thirds of the world’s healthcare professionals—then ran for the leadership of Canada’s Green Party, finishing third. Onwards!
Eco-feminist and climate activist
Adenike Oladosu calls herself an “eco-feminist” and is a climate activist from Nigeria. She links the importance of women’s rights with climate justice. She holds a degree in Agricultural Economics and head of the “ILeadClimate” movement for peace, security and equality in Africa. In 2019 she received the Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International Nigeria.
Francis Kuria Kagema
Secretary-General of the African Council of Religious Leaders-RfP
Dr. Francis Kuria Kagema, 55, is the Secretary General of the African Council of Religious Leaders-Religions for Peace. Since 2008 he is also the Executive Director of Inter-Religious Council of Kenya. Before, he served as Programs Director and head of the IRCK secretariat. Dr. Kuria has worked as the National Coordinator for the Small Business Network, as a Financial Analyst at the Nairobi Stock Exchange and as a volunteer with St. John Ambulance Brigade where he served for 16 years, retiring as Assistant Commissioner, Training and Operations in 1998. A holder of a degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, Dr. Kuria is married with four children.
27.01.2021, 5:00 – 6:30 pm CET
Urban Development and Planetary Health
Anna Dyson (Hines Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture, Professor of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale)
Olga Sarmiento (Professor of the Department of Public Health, School of Medicine, Universidad de los Andes)
Cities can be drivers of enormous power for the required transformative changes. Therefore, innovative urban development presents major opportunities to improve population health, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for health risks exacerbated by climate change. Unlocking their transformative power, cities are key settings for the implementation of a diverse set of interventions to address major planetary health challenges. Lecturers will highlight key facets of transdisciplinary and transformative urban development for a healthy and good life in cities. They will present the situation and stories of two cities, one in the south, one in the north.
Anna Dyson is the Hines Professor of Architectural Design at the School of Architecture, at Yale. She is the founding Director of the Center for Ecosystems in Architecture (CEA). Yale CEA is committed to collaborative models for sustainable building systems research that unite interdisciplinary academic research with building and development practices.
Anna founded the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has been recognized with multiple international awards for her designs and innovations. She holds multiple international patents for building systems inventions and is directing interdisciplinary research to develop new building systems that integrate advances in science and technology from diverse research fields
Universidad de los Andes
Olga L. Sarmiento is a Professor of the Department of Public Health in the School of Medicine at Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). Her transdisciplinary research focuses on the relationship among the built environment, policy, and physical activity, with emphasis on inclusive and sustainable community programs in Latin America. Dr. Sarmiento has been a board member of the “International Society of Physical Activity and Health” (ISPAH), the “Global Advocacy for Physical Activity” (GAPA), the “Urban Health Network for Latin America and the Caribbean” and the “International Society of Urban Health”. She is currently a researcher of the “Urban Health in Latin America” (SALURBAL) project, the “International Physical Activity, and Environment Network” (IPEN), the “International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle and the Environment” (ISCOLE), and the “Stanford-Colombia Collaboratory on Chronic Disease” (S-C3). She has received distinctions from the Ministry of Sports of Colombia and the Institute of Sports and Recreation of Bogotá (Colombia) for promoting healthy behaviors in Colombia through academic work.
10.02.2021, 5:00 – 6:30 pm CET
Examples of transformation
In this session we want to share projects and stories of transformative action across the world. Together we can learn from each other and make our planet healthier. We invite you to tell us about your project. If you would like to present your local transformation project in this lecture, please use this form.
Knowledge needs to be put into action. And here we go! In our last lecture we will give you the space to present your project for a healthy planet. By inspiring each other we will bring our work to the next level.
Scientific director of the Planetary Health Vorlesungsreihe: Dr. Martin Herrmann