EPA Climate Lecture: Health and Climate Change- A Febrile Planet?

Date released: Nov 06 2018


EPA Climate Lecture: Health and Climate Change - A Febrile Planet?

06 November 2018: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of the National Dialogue on Climate Action, is hosting a public lecture this evening in the Mansion House, Dublin, exploring the topic of health and climate change with Professor Hugh Montgomery.

In his lecture, Professor Montgomery will consider the systemic nature of climate challenges on our current and future health.  He will look at the demands these challenges are placing on our environment, our natural resources, food systems, security and economic systems, and on the integrity of essential ecosystems. 

Laura Burke, EPA Director General, said,

“I am very much look forward to hearing Professor Hugh Montgomery’s talk this evening.  As I have said before, a clean and well-protected environment is foundational to a healthy Ireland.  Clean air and water are not luxury items but basic needs; valuable assets to be protected for the benefit of our health and the wider economy. Professor Montgomery will provide us with a critical perspective on the links between climate change and health.  Climate change is now with us, and it has become clear that the sooner we act, the less damage will be done to our society, economy and environment.”

Professor Montgomery was part of the Lancet Commission’s 2015 report and is one of the co-chairs of the 2016-2030 programme of work known as the Lancet Countdown: tracking progress on health and climate change which has been commenced in response to the Commission’s work.    

In introducing tonight’s speaker Laura Burke provided this context:

“The 2009 and 2015 Lancet Commission reports in relation to climate change and health concluded that climate change is ‘a medical emergency’ but also that a comprehensive response to climate change ‘could also be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century’.  This is because of related health co-benefits that flow from policy action on climate change, such as better air quality, water protection, sustainable consumption and production, as well as ecological diversity and integrity. Planning for climate change impacts through adaptation actions is essential, not only from an environmental perspective, but also for Ireland’s social and economic resilience.”

This lecture will be broadcast live to the web. For information on this and related climate science information please see our website.

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Notes to Editor

Professor Hugh Montgomery, MB.BS, BSc, FRCP, MD, FRGS, FRI, FFICM.

Professor Hugh Montgomery is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at University College London and Director of the Centre for Human Health & Performance at University College London and has published over 450 scientific papers. He is one of the three co-chairs of the Lancet Countdown on Health & Climate Change, and practices as a consultant in intensive care at the Whittington Hospital in North London. Hugh has a strong interest in environmental impacts on health, and in climate change in particular. Hugh is one of the founders of the UCL MSc course in Climate Change and Health and a founding member of the UK’s Climate Change & Health Council. He has been awarded the title of London Leader by the London Sustainable Development Commission for his work in climate change and health. Hugh has authored several scientific books, two children’s novels and is a keen competitor in 100km Ultra marathons.