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Thursday, September 14 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm
[VIRTUAL] Addressing the complexity of climate, environment and health issues: Perspectives from Social Sciences (141203)

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Over the past years, addressing complex and urgent issues at the intersection of climate, environment, and health has gained ground on international agendas. COVID-19, climate change, access to clean and safe water, and increasing environmental pollution have highlighted the need for transdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to jointly tackle the challenges posed by the climate and ecological crisis. Particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean, these problems become even more pressing due to the lack of resources, funding, technology, and social and economic inequalities, exacerbating populations' vulnerabilities to growing hazards.

This session aims to create a space for dialogue and reflection on the contributions that social sciences can make to addressing complex issues at the intersection of climate, environment, and health. While no single discipline or social sector can provide solutions in isolation, we believe that social sciences play a central role in understanding human and contextual dimensions, the needs, and priorities of the most vulnerable populations in our region and engaging them in dialogue with scientific and political sectors. The group "Social Sciences for Climate", was formed following the regional workshop "Climate, Environment, and Health for the Americas," organized by the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education (GCCHE), and the Government of Neuquén, Argentina.
We will have presentations by experts from the Latin American and Caribbean region who will present their work and reflections on the role of social sciences in four key themes at the intersection of climate, environment, and health. After the presentations, there will be time for audience questions and discussion.
Climate Change: The growing momentum in the climate and health agenda in LAC; the need to implement cultural strategies to accelerate and enhance climate action - Milena Sergeeva, Chile.
Inequalities, Risks, and Protective Measures: Contributions of social sciences to understanding climate change and health phenomena from a sociocultural and vulnerability perspective - Soledad Nión, Uruguay.
Strengthening Social Participation in Climate, Environment, and Health: Presenting two cases from Argentina y Bolivia - Florencia Garcia and Virna Rivero Herrera.
Experiences of Regional Integration and Cooperation: The Andean Plan for Health and Climate Change developed by the Andean Committee on Health for Emergency Risk Management and Climate Change. ORAS-CONHU - Bertha Luz Pineda Restrepo, Perú.
Convener: Dra. María Inés Carabajal (Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research)

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Milena sergeeva

Global Climate & Health Alliance, Chile
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Soledad Nión

Profesora Adjunta, Departamento de sociología, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Udelar, Uruguay
Profesora adjunta, Departamento de sociología, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República.Doctora en Ciencias Sociales por la Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Udelar; Mag. en Sociología (FCS, Udelar). Diplomada en Metodología de la Investigación por el CLAEH, en... Read More →

Estrella Virna Rivero Herrera

Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia

Bertha Luz Pineda Restrepo

Organismo Andino de Salud - Convenio Hipólito Unanue Sede Lima, Perú

Florencia Garcia

El Centro Nacional de Diagnóstico e Investigación en Endemoepidemias - CENDIE

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María Inés Carabajal

STeP Fellow, Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI)
Dr. Maria Ines Carabajal is an anthropologist and researcher at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina.  Dr. Carabajal’s research is related to the human dimensions of climate, climate change, and the Anthropocene. Her work has focused on the production, circulation, and... Read More →

Thursday September 14, 2023 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT