Climate Change, Human Health, and the Future of the Developing World
Dr. Kristie Ebi, Executive Director, Technical Support Unit for Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Renewing the Covenant with Creation: Catholic Teaching and Action on Climate Change
Daniel Misleh, Executive Director, Catholic Coalition on Climate Change
Keynote Speaker Bios
Kristie L. Ebi is Executive Director of the Technical Support Unit for Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC). Prior to this position, she was an independent consultant. She has been conducting research on the impacts of and adaptation to climate change for more than a dozen years, including on extreme events, thermal stress, foodborne safety and security, and vector-borne diseases. She has worked with the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Programme, USAID, and others on implementing adaptation measures in low-income countries. She facilitated adaptation assessments for the health sector for the states of Maryland and Alaska. She was a lead author on the “Human Health” chapter of the IPCCFourth Assessment Report, and the “Human Health” chapter for the U.S. Synthesis and Assessment Product “Analyses of the Effects of Global Change on Human Health and Welfare and Human Systems.” She has edited fours books on aspects of climate change and has more than 80 publications. Dr. Ebi’s scientific training includes an M.S. in toxicology and a Ph.D. and a Masters of Public Health in epidemiology, and two years of postgraduate research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Since 1982, Daniel Misleh has been involved in the social mission of the Church. He has served as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Director of Diocesan Relations for the Department of Social Development and World Peace. He has trained Catholic leaders around the country in the principles of Catholic social teaching, parish social ministry, community organizing, and the Catholic approach to issues such as agriculture, environment, criminal justice and the death penalty. As Executive Director of the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change and with the endorsement of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other national Catholic organizations, he has engaged the Catholic community at the national, state and diocesan levels in a serious and sustained conversation about a Catholic approach to climate change focusing on the promotion of the common good, the protection of poor people and the exercise of prudence in order to more fully implement the U.S. Catholic bishops’ 2001 statement on climate change. Under his direction, the Coalition has launched a major new nation-wide education campaign, The Catholic Climate Covenant: The St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor. Unprecedented in scope and reach, this effort aims to reach as many US Catholics as possible to encourage them to embrace ancient teachings about the care of creation and our priority concern for the poor in the face of unfolding climate change. Mr. Misleh has written numerous articles on climate change for a variety of publications including Catholic Health World, Today’s Parish Minister, Catholic Digest, US Catholic, Journal of Religion and Sociology, Catholic Charities USA and Monday Developments.