Climate Change and Environmental Health
Climate change poses a profound threat to environmental health, significantly impacting ecosystems, weather patterns, and natural resources. Rising temperatures, sea level rise, extreme weather events, and altered precipitation patterns are causing shifts in habitats and triggering disruptions in ecosystems. These changes have far-reaching consequences for both human and animal health, highlighting the interconnectedness emphasized by the One Health approach. One Health recognizes the inextricable links between human, animal, and environmental health, and emphasizes collaboration among these disciplines to address complex global challenges. In the context of climate change, the One Health framework becomes especially pertinent.
Committee C DIAS
Hello everyone! I'm Emery Alday, and it's a pleasure to serve as your chair for Committee C. I'm currently in my fourth year of Global Health, specializing in Health Policy, Management, and Systems. My academic journey recently took me to King's College London for a study abroad experience where I was able to gain a deeper understanding of the different perspectives on global health policy. Throughout my degree, I found interest in areas such as women's health and reproductive care, Indigenous rights and decolonization, and community programs and health care. Currently, I work for Indigenous Services Canada on a program called Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program (CCHAP), an initiative that funds community-led projects to enhance health-related adaptation plans and decision-making at various levels in response to environmental changes. My current role allows me to gain a deeper understanding of the effects of climate change in Canada's most vulnerable communities. With my passion for both climate change and community health, I am eager to be a part of this committee!
Hello, my name is Nurzha Abam, and I am an undergraduate student at York University pursuing an Honours BSc in Global Health. Currently, I work as a Registered Nurse primarily in the Department of Emergency Medicine and as a research assistant through an independent study under the supervision of Dr. A.M. Viens and within the Women’s Cardiovascular Health (Edgell lab) at York. Throughout my university experience, I’ve taken on several leadership roles such as the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Representative and Peer Mentor with the Global Health Student Association, and the Executive Vice-President of Calumet College Council. My passion is to eliminate health disparities, fight climate change, and achieve health equity and social justice. With my professional and educational background, I have gained valuable knowledge and experience that I hope to utilize in my role at the World Health Assembly Simulation as a committee Vice-Chair. I look forward to meeting and working with everyone!
Hello everyone! My name is Qjiel (pronounced as Kiel) and I am transferee at the School of Global Health at York University. I champion global citizenship by participating in negotiations on chemical wastes and pollution through my membership at the UN Major Group of Children and Youth (UNMGCY) Chemicals and Wastes Youth Platform. I was fortunate to be selected by the platform in Bangkok, Nairobi, and Bonn to learn about what countries are doing to regulate chemical wastes for health and well-being I am also passionate about the intersection of the Disarmament of Nuclear Weapons and Public Health. I also represent Filipino-Canadian youth voices in the upcoming Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) in New York City. Having experienced climate justice summer school at Kenyatta University and learning about the implications of technology in climate change in Rwanda - I bring with me to the World Health Assembly simulation a humble perspective on grassroots-led environmental action.