The 28 Caribbean island nations and territories are on the frontlines of climate change threats. Increasing temperatures, changing rain patterns, rising sea levels, and increasing severity of hurricanes threaten lives, livelihoods, and homes. Many of these islands rely on economic sectors that are particularly vulnerable to climate patterns such as agriculture, tourism, and fishing. Climate change will also have far-reaching effects on local island culture, infrastructure, the ecosystem, health, and altering traditional lifestyles on the islands. Over 40 million people living in the Caribbean region face the real possibility that their island will completely disappear as the sea level rises. The current social and economic conditions and the state of the public health systems pose unique challenges and opportunities to address these public health implications of climate change for each island.
Join us to hear expert panelists discuss the challenges climate change poses for the Caribbean region, the public health implications of it, and how to improve resilience to climate change in the region.
This event is open to the public and free; however space is limited so registration is required.
The Climate Change and Public Health in the Caribbean forum is being sponsored by the UIC School of Public Health Dean's Office and Global Health Program, the Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) - Illinois project, and the Illinois Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Education and Research Center. BRACE-Illinois is a CDC funded project designed to assist the State of Illinois in developing a climate change adaptation plan and a partnership between IDPH and UIC School of Public Health.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
UIC School of Public Health Auditorium1603 W Taylor StreetChicago, IL 60612
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