As Climate Mamas and Papas, we know that 2015 is a seminal year for climate solutions. While the “Road to Paris” may formally end in mid-December when countries under United Nations auspices announce their plans to reduce greenhouse gases and address climate change; this is in fact only the beginning. Armed with the facts, each of us can and MUST be part of the solutions, especially when it comes to our kids, their health and their future. On the Road to Paris and beyond, knowledge is key.
ClimateMama in conjunction with The Mothers Project, The Center for Environmental Health, and the Sustainability Studies Program at Stony Brook University, Long Island, New York is please to present an Educational Forum on Children’s Health and Impacts from Fossil Fuels, on October 15, 2015.
We have a star-studied line up from academia, policymakers and front-line communities. The program outline is as follows:
Panel l: The Science, this is the foundation for everything that follows.
Robert Oswald, Phd.
Professor of Molecular Medicine at Cornell University, presenting:
“Overview of Fossil Fuel Extraction and Effects on Public Health and the Environment.”
Perry Sheffield, M.D., M.P.H.
a pediatrician and assistant professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, presenting
“Children’s Health and The Impacts of Fossil Fuel Pollutants.”
Panel 2: Mothers on Impacts on Families and Community:
community organizer, journalist, anthropologist and mother of four, presenting:
“The adverse impacts and burdens placed upon communities targeted by the gas industry, from the perspective of parents; both successes and failures.”
council tribal member of Point-aux-Chien Indian Tribe, presenting:
“Mother Earth, Deep Waters and the Resilience of Pointe au-Chien People”
Michelle Bamberger,MS, DVM
a veterinarian, researcher, and mother of two, presenting:
“Impacts of Gas Drilling on Human and Animal Health and Food Safety”
Panel 3: Policies of Change, will present hope, including newly proposed and practical solutions to the crisis we face.
Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. biologist, author, and cancer survivor, presenting:
“Policies of Change including the role of peaceful civil disobedience”
Legislative Attorney, Counsel to the Environmental Protection Committee of the New York City Council, presenting:
“Protecting Children by Fossil Fuel-Free Legislative Initiatives”
The Forum is a dynamic and unique opportunity to hear cutting edge scientists, mothers on the front lines and innovative policymakers, making their voices heard. Presenters will share studies, research and real world examples of the health impacts from conception into adulthood from fossil fuels, and why and how this little known aspect of the climate crisis must be recognized and addressed.
This event is free and open to the public, so if you happen to be in the area, please join us and make sure to share with your friends. Free tickets can be found here. We will be sharing a video of the event before the United Nations meetings, so check back often!