Aaron Bernstein, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a Pediatrician at Boston Children's Hospital, will examine the interwoven threads of energy, food, and health, and share his prescription for a small, hot, and hungry world.

We are all in an energy pickle. Caught between rising demand, a tight carbon budget, and energy-related pollution, so severe that it exacts an estimated 7 million death worldwide each year, making energy arguably the leading cause of death on the planet. On top of this staggering statistic, fossil fuel combustion accounts for the lion's share of the greenhouse emissions that cause climate change, which pose more risks to human welfare than any other challenge we face.

The rub is: Where do we go from here?

We know enough now that we need to have better accounting-particularly for health. To get out of the pickle, we must recognize that our energy is our health, and to ensure the healthiest possible future, we must examins all of our energy options through a health lens before we build our societies around a set of them.

A 1999 graduate of Stanford's Human Biology program, Bernstein has returned to teach HumBio 115: Human Health and Global Environmental Change at Stanford as the Visiting Lorry I. Lokey Business Wire Professor in Human Biology this winter quarter.

Light refreshments will be served.

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 6:30pm
Location: 
The Terrace in the English Dept. (Bldg 460, Rm 426 - 4th floor)
Event Sponsor(s): 
Program in Human Biology
Contact Email: 
rduby@stanford.edu
Contact Phone: 
725-0336
Admission: 

Free event,  open to the public.

Light refreshments will be served