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On 24 April Dr Omnia El Omrani, COP28 Health Envoy and Junior Policy Fellow at Imperial College London, delivered a compelling CSIC research talk titled "From Vulnerability to Resilience: The Health Argument for Climate Action." Dr El Omrani's presentation illuminated the intricate relationship between climate change and human health.

Highlighting the far-reaching implications of climate change, Dr El Omrani emphasised its detrimental effects on both physical and mental well-being. She underscored how individuals and communities are grappling with climate-related stresses and shocks, posing significant threats to present and future generations. Citing alarming statistics, Dr El Omrani projected that by 2050, climate change could lead to a staggering 14.5 million deaths and economic losses amounting to $12.5 trillion, placing unprecedented strain on global healthcare systems.

Despite the escalating challenges, Dr El Omrani pointed out that there is an increasing body of evidence and action at the nexus of climate change and health. However, she acknowledged that progress is impeded by various critical obstacles. Undeterred by these challenges, Dr El Omrani advocated for a transformative shift from a vicious to a virtuous cycle, where climate action becomes an opportunity multiplier for promoting good health.

During her talk, Dr El Omrani elucidated how climate policies and proactive measures can foster the conditions conducive to better health outcomes. She emphasised the importance of fostering connected and equitable societies, ensuring access to clean air, and preserving green spaces. Furthermore, Dr El Omrani posited that investing in health and psychological resilience can serve as catalysts for sustained climate action.

Watch the Research Talk here.

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