Guests at the MGH Center for Global Health's May 15 seminar, "Climate Change and Global Health," learned about the sobering potential for large-scale consequences to human health related to changes in the climate and environment. Special guest speaker Bianca Jagger, goodwill ambassador for the Council of Europe and chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation and the World Future Council, joined Paul R. Epstein, MD, MPH, associate director of Harvard Medical School's Center for Health and the Global Environment, in describing the effects of the depletion of stratospheric ozone, loss of biodiversity, change in fresh water systems and land degradation on human health across the world. In addition to promoting the use of renewable energy sources to fight climate change, both speakers encouraged audience members to ask their legislative representatives to support conservation and environmental health. For more information about the MGH Center for Global Health, visit www.massgeneral.org/globalhealth.
GLOBAL GOODWILL: Jagger, left, and Epstein