Online Program

Taking Action on Climate Change

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 9:24 a.m. - 9:42 a.m.

Kathleen M. Rest, PhD, MPA, Union of Concerned Scientists, Cambridge, MA
With the nation facing record heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods, President Obama delivered a long-awaited speech on climate change at Georgetown University in late June 2013 and announced a climate action plan. The plan focused on reducing our country's carbon pollution, preparing our nation for the impacts of climate change already underway, and reasserting U.S. leadership in international climate negotiations. Applauded as an important first step by many, the plan was predictably and immediately denounced by others. This presentation will examine progress on the plan to date, describe efforts to strengthen the national constituency for climate action, and advocate continued and active engagement of the public health community in addressing this global challenge.

Learning Areas:

Environmental health sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe progress on President Obama's climate action plan. Describe activities to strengthen the national constituency for climate action. Describe ways in which public health workers can address global climate change.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Executive Director of the Union of Concerned Scientists. We have been actively engaged in climate change for many years – from climate science to climate policy and climate solutions.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.