Sustainable Adventure In A Warming World
To coincide with next month’s 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) the British Mountain Medicine Society (BMMS) and the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) are hosting a webinar on the 11th November 2021 (1900 GMT) entitled, "Sustainable Adventure In A Warming World". We'll hear from 4 speakers who've been active in the outdoors for many years and played key roles in highlighting the climate emergency that we now face. The webinar will last for approximately 1 hour and each speaker will talk for 10 minutes. Plenty of time will be set aside at the end for questions and comments!
All are welcome - places are FREE and can be reserved here.
Here's details of our speakers...
Chris Rapley CBE is Professor of Climate Science at University College London (UCL). He was Director of the British Antarctic Survey from 1998 to 2007. A member of the Advisory Board of the UK government's Clean Growth Fund, Patron of the Surrey Climate Commission, a member of the Science Advisory Board of Scientists' Warning, and a member of the UK Parliamentary and Scientific Committee. In 2008 he was awarded the Edinburgh Science Medal for having made 'a significant contribution to the understanding and wellbeing of humanity'.
Hugh Montgomery is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at UCL, where he directs the Centre for Human Health and Performance. He has worked in the field of climate change and health for 20 years. He co-chaired the 2013 Lancet Commission on Climate Change and Health; and co-chairs the (27 country, 35 institution) Lancet Countdown on this subject. He has been an active hillwalker all his life, and has climbed extensively in the UK and Alps, as well as the Andes (Aconcagua) and Himalaya (Pumori, Cho Oyu). He was scientific lead for the 2007 Caudwell Xtreme Everest Expedition.
David Pencheon OBE is a Public Health Doctor and was the founder Director of the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) for NHS England and Public Health England, established in 2007. He left the SDU in January 2018 and is now an Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter's Medical and Health School. A keen walker, his current area of research is how we create the conditions most likely to promote environmental, social and economic sustainability for life promoting planetary systems. In 2020 he was awarded the BMJ "Outstanding Contribution To Health" Award.
Catherine Campbell is a junior doctor and member of the Birmingham Medical Research Expeditionary Society (BMRES). In 2019 she joined BMRES colleagues on a medical research expedition to Sikkim. Whilst there, she studied the environmental impact of the expedition and the steps taken to reduce it's carbon footprint. From this experience she has developed guidelines for reducing the environmental impact of expeditions that are currently being adopted by the BMMS.
The webinar is now available to watch...
For more information about the way the climate emergency is affecting the mountain environment take a look at this. Interviews with environmental activists Jim Duff and Robin Barraclough can also be found in earlier posts.
Details of the 2021/22 Mountain Medicine Winter Webinar Series can be found here.
If you would like to find out more about mountain medicine why not join the BMMS? See this link for details.
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