Linfield Faculty Lecture Series


Caring for the Climate Changed: Health, Environment, and Policy for the Common Good

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1 hour 3 minutes 1 second

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Environmental Health | Environmental Health and Protection | Environmental Studies | Nursing | Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing


The influences of a changing world climate are not restricted by political or geographic borders, and human health is substantially impacted by quality of our environment. Environmental degradation has a disproportionate impact on persons with less immediate access to financial and social power. This presentation by Dr. Gary Laustsen (professor of nursing at Linfield University) looks at some of the health impacts of climate change, air and water quality, and toxic chemical exposure. Examples from Oregon demonstrate the need for local engagement. Recommended actions by social and healthcare leaders include work to build environmental health literacy and empowerment, advocacy for regulatory protection and enforcement, and environmental engagement within healthcare, educational, and social systems.


Sponsored by the Linfield University Office of Academic Affairs.