Healthy Energy Initiative Debuts at the 14th World Congress on Public Health

UntitledThe Healthy Energy Initiative will be exploring the nexus between climate change, energy generation, and public health in Kolkata, India at the World Federation of Public Health Association’s 14th World Congress on Public Health, through a set of scientific sessions, a photography exhibition, and film screenings.

In the last few years, leading medical journals, health organizations, and health professionals have begun to endorse the evidence and amplify the message that air pollution and climate change both pose serious challenges to global public health and therefore must be addressed as public health issues.

With a theme of “Healthy People, Healthy Environment,” this World Congress on Public Health is an ideal forum for raising awareness about the health threats and health costs of unhealthy energy, and for mobilizing public health professionals around the world to call for clean energy and climate action.

Events at the World Congress on Public Health


Download the schedule of events at the World Congress on Public Health or see the following list:

  • Climate Change, Air Quality and Health: Impacts of Energy Choices
    When|Tuesday, 10 February 2015, 9:30-13:00
    Where|SN Bose Hall
    About|Public health researchers, policymakers, educators, and students will engage in a critical dialogue on the health impacts of energy choices in India.
    Keynote speaker | EAS Sarma, Former Power Secretary, Government of India.
  • Health Impacts of Energy Choices: The Scientific and Economic Basis
    When|Saturday, 14 February 2015, 13:30-15:00
    Where|Grand Theatre
    About|Public health leaders from Australia, India, South Africa, and the United States will discuss the public health impacts of energy generation and identify approaches to secure energy from more sustainable, healthier processes.
  • Public Health Advocacy on Energy
    When|Saturday, 14 February 2015, 15:30-17:00
    Where|Grand Theatre
    About|Public health advocates from around the world will share experiences of health sector leadership in addressing the health impacts of energy choices and advocating for clean, renewable energy in order to protect and promote public health.
  • Photography
    When|Mid-day of 11 February onward
    Where|Lobby of Grand Theatre
    About|A glimpse of the lives and livelihoods of coal fenceline communities in India, by an award-winning documentary photographer.
  • Film
    When|Friday, 13 Feb, 16:30-17:30; Saturday, 14 Feb, 12:00-13:30; Sunday, 15 Feb, 12:00-13:00
    Where|Exhibition Hall
    About|A series of captivating short films and videos exploring the nexus of climate, energy, and health:
    The Human Cost of Power (Australia)
    Unhealthy Energy: Coal and the Burden of Disease (South Africa)
    Red Carriage Advertisements for Clean Air (Kosovo and United States)
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