Organised in partnership with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David
The health and development of humanity have advanced greatly, albeit inequitably, particularly since the middle of the last century. However, these advances have been based on the unsustainable exploitation of natural systems, resulting in dramatic environmental changes including climate change, biodiversity loss, ocean acidification and freshwater depletion. These pervasive and unprecedented trends have led to the increasing use of the term ‘Anthropocene Epoch’ to describe the dominant role of human activities as the major driving force. Global environmental changes threaten to halt, and potentially reverse, the advances in health and development, in absence of decisive action. This lecture will summarise the major threats to the health of humanity arising from global environmental changes and suggest policies which can help to sustain health in the Anthropocene Epoch whilst reducing the environmental footprint of societies.
Originally a medical doctor and consultant epidemiologist, Professor Sir Andy Haines is Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). He was Director of LSHTM from 2001 to 2010, during which time it received the 2009 Award for Global Health from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. During his career, Sir Andy has worked in Jamaica, Nepal, the USA and Canada. He has chaired the Medical Research Council’s Global Health Group, and has contributed to reports by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.