Breakout Sessions

Speaker and Session Descriptions

Day 2: Friday September 6th, 2019


Compound Disaster Risks of Climate Change

Bechtel Conference Center in Encina Hall, 616 Serra Mall

Extreme weather and climate events are increasingly occurring jointly or in short succession. These can trigger breakdown of critical services such as energy, transport, water, and healthcare that are critical to prepare for and respond to these events. Facing a future of compound extremes calls for a better understanding of social and environmental vulnerabilities, and identifying opportunities to better predict and prepare. This session will start with an expert panel reviewing key drivers and dimensions of compound extreme events driven by climate change. Breakout groups will then explore questions we need to ask to generate actionable knowledge to understand, forecast, and manage the social and environmental dimensions of compound extreme events.

Led by Joy Shumake-Guillemot (WHO/ WMO Joint Office Climate and Health) and Kristie L. Ebi (University of Washington)

Putting Women at the Forefront of Planetary Health Solutions

Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, Fisher Center, Rooms Barnes, McDowell, and Cranston, 326 Galvez St

Women’s health and empowerment should be at the center of
planetary health solutions. Women and children tend to bear the brunt of many planetary health impacts and a focus on educating and empowering girls and women will help to address many planetary health challenges. This is true in the realm of sustainable food production and nutrition, indoor air quality, population growth, mental health effects, and managing the effects of displacement and conflict. This session will highlight the opportunity to put women at the center of planetary health solutions drawing on rich examples from different regions and dimensions of health.

Led by David Lopez-Carr (UC Santa Barbara)
Moderator: Ndola Prata (UC Berkeley)
Alisha Graves (UC Berkeley)
Kristen Patterson (Population Reference Bureau)
Clive Mutunga (USAID)
Jackline Nakajubi (Pathfinder International Uganda)
Suzanne York (Transition Earth)
Denise Dunning (RiseUp)

Communities, Justice, and Living Systems: Connections for a Healthy and Thriving Future

SIEPR, Koret-Taube Conference Center, Room 120, 366 Galvez St

Community involvement with, and commitment to, the living systems
of which they are part is a powerful driver of change, and a source of connections that provide inspiration and momentum for a healthy, just and thriving future. Combined drivers of social and ecological change (from globalization and climate change, to deforestation and resource extraction) exacerbate existing health inequities, impacting those who already bear the brunt of existing local and global injustices. At the same time, frontline communities continue to find ways to connect and reflect their reciprocal relationship with, and stewardship of, the living systems that determine their health and their future, creating collective action with repercussions from local to global scales. This session will explore examples from communities who, fueled by the imperatives of social and ecological justice, have turned potential vulnerabilities into power by mobilizing collective action for health, ecosystems, and society.

Led by Margot Parkes (University of Northern British Columbia)
Moses Chimbari (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
Rachel Devi (WISH Fiji)
Sandy Naranjo (Mothers Out Front)
Emmanuela Shinta (YOUTH ACT)

Ecological Solutions: Designing Actionable Pathways to Reduce Infectious Disease and Protect Ecosystems

SIEPR, Koret-Taube Conference Center, Room 130, 366 Galvez St

Human-induced changes in land cover or biological communities have altered human exposure to infectious diseases at many spatial scales. Furthermore, people threatened by poor health and poverty can be trapped into unsustainable extractive practices that harm ecosystems, creating a vicious cycle. To break this cycle, disease ecologists are seeking the mechanisms underlying these relationships, hoping to inform interventions that range from local demonstration projects to widespread and sustainable solutions. This session will explore these ecological solutions that address linked human infectious disease and environmental problems.

Led by Giulio DeLeo and Sanna Sokolow (Stanford Program on Health,
Environment and Disease Ecology)
Skylar Hopkins (Virginia Tech)
Hamish McCallum (Griffith University)
Kinari Webb (Health in Harmony)
Sarah Zohdy (Auburn University)

Rising to the Challenge: Scaling Freshwater Solutions

Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, Fisher Center, Lane Room, 326 Galvez St

Up to five billion people could experience some form of water shortage or scarcity by 2050 according to the United Nations’ latest water report. Insufficient access to clean fresh water or adequate sanitation affects our exposure to infectious disease, our ability to produce food, the health of ecosystems, and time and labor spent collecting water (mostly for women and girls). This session will start by quickly reviewing key underlying environmental and political drivers of water scarcity. Then, following short presentations by panelists, participants will break into groups to interactively discuss three components of scalable and sustainable solutions: engineering and technology-based approaches; “soft-path” strategies that include demand management and social, economic, and policy approaches; and nature-based solutions that integrate human and ecological water security challenges.

Led by Lisa Mandle (Stanford)
Moderator: Peter Gleick (Pacific Institute)
Marta Echavarria (EcoDecision)
Heather Cooley (Pacific Institute)
Richard Luthy (Stanford)

Leadership, Influence, and Power: Working with Policymakers to Advance Planetary Health

Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, McCaw Hall, 326 Galvez St

This session will explore diverse case examples across scales of governance (e.g., local, municipal, national, multilateral) of leveraging political tools (e.g., subsidies, taxes, new laws, trade agreements, protected areas) to advance planetary health. Through exploring successes and failures in these and other governance approaches, this breakout will leave the audience with a better understanding of the implementation challenges and opportunities of government action to mitigate environmentally-driven health impacts.

Led by Amalia Almada (PHA) and Courtney Howard (President, Canadian
Association of Physicians for the Environment)
Christine Loh (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
Tasso Azevedo (MapBiomas)
Admire Nyamwanza (Human Sciences Research Council)
Daniel Kammen (UC Berkeley)
Elizabeth Baca (Physician, Social Entrepreneur, Policymaker)
Chris Field (Stanford)

Building a Planetary Health Report Card

Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, Fisher Center, Rooms Lyons and Lodato, 326 Galvez St

This student-led session will be a discussion-based, interactive forum designed to bring students together to brainstorm and collaborate on the idea of a Planetary Health Justice Report Card (PHJRC), modeled after the very successful White Coats 4 Black Lives “Racial Justice Report Card”. Our proposed student-published initiative aims to compare universities on the basis of discrete metrics related to areas such as planetary health curriculum, interdisciplinary research in health and the environment, university support for student initiatives in planetary health, and community outreach.

Led by Bennett Kissel (UCSF) with student facilitators Karly Hampshire,
Nuzhat Islam, Colin Baylen from UCSF and Jason Gomez and Anna Goshua from Stanford

Engaging the World’s Youth

Encina Hall, Oksenberg Room, 616 Serra Mall

To engage young people in the critical issues of planetary health, we will need conventional, classroom-based methods and an array of “out of the box” approaches including multimedia storytelling, charismatic figures (voyagers, athletes, actors, musicians, etc.), our kitchens and cafeterias, and many others. These approaches, taken together, will be necessary in order to effectively engage younger students in understanding the complexity, scale, and urgency of planetary health challenges and the scope of possible solutions. Panelists will illuminate creative ways to revolutionize how we equip the rising generation to face a rapidly changing world.

Led by Naglaa El-Abbadi (Tufts University)
John Balbus (National Institutes of Health)
Melvine Otieno by video (University of Eldoret)
Danielle Platt (Sunrise Movement)
Darrell Steely (Stanford)
Ana Gonzalez Guerrero (Youth Climate Lab)
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