Day 2

Speaker and Session Descriptions

Day 2: Friday September 6th, 2019

8:30 – 8:50am [plenary]

Opening Remarks 

Announcements, updates, and information about the conference

Stanford University and Planetary Health Alliance Staff
8:50 – 9:50am [plenary]

Food Connects Land and Sea: Integrating Oceans into the Future of Food

Over the next few decades, unprecedented changes in population, incomes, technology, and environment will drive and warrant major transformations of what we eat and how we produce it. Oceans provide critical nutrition and livelihoods to the world’s vulnerable populations, and many market, dietary and ecosystem connections exist between agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture, and livestock production. This panel nutrition and environmental scientists and practitioners will discuss pathways for integrating oceans into a sustainable and equitable future of food.

Led by Michelle Tigchelaar (Stanford)
Moderator: Rosamond Naylor (Stanford)
Samuel Myers (PHA)
Shakuntala Thilsted (WorldFish)
Ling Cao (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
Jorge Torre (Comunidad y Biodiversidad)
9:50 – 10:10am [plenary]

Lightning Talks: 6 Great Ideas in 3 Minutes Each

Emcee: Elizabeth Grant (University of Edinburgh)
Beatrice Akinyi Otieno (Millennium Water Alliance)
Anika Abedin and Jashika Nirmalan (Brunel University)
Ann Kurth (Yale)
Divya Veluguri (Harvard)
John Ji (Duke Kunshan University)
Mikaela Patrick (STEMA)
10:50 – 12:00pm [workshops]

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Attendees may select from available interactive breakout session options listed here.
12:00 – 1:15pm [lunch session]

Indigenous Perspectives on Planetary Health

Indigenous voices have historically not been given a large platform in national and global discourse on climate change and other aspects of planetary health. This lunch session will allow conference participants to listen to some of those important voices. More information here.
1:15 – 1:45pm [plenary]

Report Back: Highlights and takeaways from each Breakout Session

Interactive and collaborative format; each Breakout Session group will reflect upon and share their key takeaways!

Led by Amalia Almada, Senior Program Manager, Planetary Health Alliance
1:45 – 2:05pm [keynote]

Evolving Science and Policy to Meet the Challenge of Planetary Health

Keynote by Rebecca Shaw, Chief Scientist, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
2:05 – 3:05pm [plenary]

Fire: Wildfires, Deforestation, and Planetary Health

Wildfires are predicted to increase 30-50% by 2040. Agricultural burning is also on the rise. Fire exposure increases respiratory symptoms, emergency department visits, strokes, and heart attacks. There is an urgent need to formulate a call to action with international/local scientists, nonprofit organizations, policy makers, and community groups to preserve forests and protect health.

Led and moderated by Kari Nadeau (Stanford)
Tasso Azevedo (MapBiomas)
Ruth DeFries (Columbia University)
John Balmes (UCSF)
Allison Wolff (Vibrant Planet)
3:05 – 3:25pm [plenary]

Lightning Talks: 6 Great Ideas in 3 Minutes Each

Emcee: Renzo Guinto (PHLab)

Vijay Limaye (NRDC)
William Dietz (George Washington University)
Sarah Nelson (University of Maine)
Randall Kramer (Duke)
Eleanor Eaton (University of Bath)
Katharine Kreis (PATH)
4:00 – 5:00pm [plenary]

NCDs and Planetary Health: Common Challenges and Co-Beneficial Solutions

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung diseases – account for more than 70% of global deaths and are projected to exceed 80% by 2045. Global industrial transitions, including increasing exposure to environmental risk factors, drive the growing burden. NCDs, climate change and air pollution are recognized by WHO as the leading threats to human health in 2019. Yet alongside this formidable threat exist clear opportunities for co-beneficial actions to improve both human and planetary health. Panelists will address interventions in energy, transport and food and agriculture at global, national and local levels. Many involve lifestyle and dietary changes that can benefit both people and environment. Many lessons can also be learned from the wider NCD response, especially with regard to building support for the regulation of unhealthy commodities, ranging from tobacco to fossil fuels.
Led and moderated by Herb Riband (Stanford)
Howard Frumkin (Wellcome Trust)
William Dietz (George Washington University)
Kristie Ebi (University of Washington)
Modi Mwatsama (EAT-Lancet Commission)
5:00 – 5:15pm [plenary]

Closing remarks

Reflection from Sam Myers, Director, Planetary Health Alliance
5:15 – 6:00pm [keynote]

Voyaging from Extinction to Renaissance

Keynote by Nainoa Thompson, President of the Polynesian Voyaging Society; Pwo Navigator
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