Confronting the Climate Crisis: Choosing a Healthier Future

Important Notice

This event has been postponed, in accordance with Harvard University’s guidance related to the COVID-19 outbreak. For more information, please contact Skye Flanigan at or 617-384-8221.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
1:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Joseph B. Martin Conference Center
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, Massachusetts

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and prepare for the next 50 years, please join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for a half-day symposium addressing the serious public health effects of the climate crisis and featuring leaders who are driving the movement for a healthier world.

Hosted by the Harvard Chan School’s Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (Harvard C-CHANGE) and Gina McCarthy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator under President Obama, the event will feature experts who will highlight the health impacts of our changing climate and the ways science and data can motivate action to address this crisis.

Keynote speaker

Christiana Figueres, Former Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; Founding Partner, Global Optimism, and Convenor, Mission 2020

Christiana Figueres is a Costa Rican citizen and served as the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2010 to 2016. During her tenure at the UNFCCC, Figueres brought together national and subnational governments, corporations and activists, and financial institutions and nongovernmental organizations to jointly deliver the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, in which 195 sovereign nations agreed on a collaborative path forward to limit future global warming to well below 2°C and strive for 1.5°C in order to protect the most vulnerable. Read more about Christiana Figueres on the Speaker Profiles page.

For more information about the event, visit the links below.

To learn about the Harvard Chan School’s work on the climate crisis, please visit Harvard C-CHANGE. To keep up with the latest climate news, subscribe to Harvard C-CHANGE’s newsletter, The Climate Optimist.