Humanitarian Work At A Time Of Environmental And Climate Crisis: Planetary Health Perspectives And Field Implications


Wednesday, November 18th 11:00 - 12:00 (Swiss time)


There is significant overlap between populations served by humanitarian actors and those most vulnerable to downstream health effects of climate change. Due to the observed impacts and the urgent time frame for climate adaptation and mitigation, humanitarian practitioners� expertise gained on the front-lines of humanitarian crisis response can add valuable, practical skills to the Planetary Health Community�s toolkit.

This session will examine the experience of practitioners, researchers, policy makers, etc. versed in working in humanitarian contexts and thinking in terms of planetary health.


Stephen Cornish

Director General Medecins Sans Frontiere (MSF) Switzerland and former CEO, David Suzuki Foundation


Jessica Beagley

Policy Manager, Lancet Countdown : Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change

Renzo Guinto

Physician Chief Planetary Doctor, PH Lab

Courtney Howard

President, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

James Orbinski

Director, Dahdaleh Institute of Global Health Research at York University in Toronto Canada