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Building Resilience: Linking Covid-19 and Climate Change

June 5, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Collaborating Partner

John Snow, Inc.

The Covid-19 pandemic is disrupting life unlike anything most of the world has ever seen. While there is little evidence that the pandemic is spreading more quickly because of climate change there are clear parallels between the two crises.

Join the Environmental Business Council, the Sustainable Solutions Lab at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and John Snow, Inc. (JSI) for a discussion on climate resilience and the connections between Covid-19 and climate change. Speakers will explore how our responses can make us more resilient to future threats, what climate resilience looks like in this new reality, and highlight success stories.

Juliette Kayyem, national leader in homeland security and disaster response, and Dr. Georges Benjamin, President of the American Public Health Association, will speak about the crisis on the national scale while local public health and environment leaders will share their experience on the ground in a panel moderated by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Forum Co-Chairs

Gabriela Boscio Santos, Sustainability Engagement Manager
Boston University

Nasser Brahim, Senior Planner, Climate Change Team

Terry Greene, Senior Environmental Health Specialist, U.S.

Keynote Dialogue with Health and Disaster Response Leaders

Juliette Kayyem
Belfer Senior Lecturer in International Security, Harvard Kennedy School
Faculty Director, Homeland Security Project, Harvard University
Faculty Affiliate, Middle East Initiative, Harvard University
Presentation – Juliette Kayyem – Climate Adaptation Forum 06-05-2020


Georges C. Benjamin, MD
Executive Director, American Public Health Association
Presentation – Georges Benjamin – Climate Adaptation Forum 06-05-2020


Virtual Breakout Sessions

  • What connections have you made between the Covid-19 global health pandemic and the climate change crisis?
  • Have you seen climate preparedness and planning help to move the response to the pandemic forward?
  • Will the response to the pandemic make responding to climate change easier or more difficult?
  • What opportunities do you see to create new partnerships and break down silos in response to this pandemic?

Local Response, Local Solutions

Alonzo L. Plough
VP, Research-Evaluation-Learning and Chief Science Officer
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Claude-Alix Jacob
, Chief Public Health Officer
Director, Public Health Department
City of Cambridge, MA
Presentation – Claude Jacob – Climate Adaptation Forum 06-05-2020


Sam Baraso, Program Manager, Portland Clean Energy Fund
Bureau of Planning & Sustainability
City of Portland, OR
Presentation – Sam Baraso – Climate Adaptation Forum 06-05-2020


Webinar Details

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT/UTC -4.00


June 5, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Virtual Event


Climate Adaptation Forum