The opening keynote speaker for the Friesen Conference http://www.sfu.ca/fc2011/ and guest speaker for this free public lecture is Dr. Carlos Corvalan, Senior Advisor on Risk Assessment and Global Environmental Change from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).
Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 7:30 pm – 9 pm
SFU Segal Graduate School of Business, Rm 1200-1500, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity. Along with other environmental changes brought about by global population and economic growth, it will put increasing strain on our healthcare systems. Vulnerabilities include the rising probability of extreme weather events, of changes to food and water security and to the distribution of vector-borne diseases, and rising sea levels. Environmental health expert, Dr. Carlos Corvalán will reveal how climate change is already impacting on people around the world, how the international public health sector is addressing the problem, and what action is needed to protect our health into the future.