Speaker: Blake Poland
Dalla Lana School of Public Health, UofT
Title: Building Community Resilience: A Viable Response to Climate Change and other Emerging Challenges to Health Equity?
This talk explores how climate change intersects with several other
emerging threats to health equity (ecosystem degradation, peak oil,
economic instability & associated 'austerity' measures), and the
extent to which building community resilience can be seen as a viable
response. Two local examples (Transition Towns & the proposed
Toronto Food Strategy) will be discussed.
Blake Poland is an Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of
Public Health at the University of Toronto, Co-Director of the
Environmental Health Justice in the City Research Interest Group (Centre
for Urban Health Initiatives), and co-principal investigator in the
CUHI-funded Building Community Resilience pilot project. His work draws
on complexity science, critical social theory, arts-enabled approaches,
environmental justice, community development, and health promotion.
The Collaborative Challenges for
the Climate Change Research Community (CCCCRC or C4RC) is a weekly
seminar series highlighting trans-disciplinary research in climate
change, with a goal in fostering meaningful collaboration between
climate change researchers. Our aim is to use this as an exploration
of the range of research related to climate change across the
University of Toronto, and to inspire new collaborations. A central
theme of the series is the role of computational climate models: how
researchers share models, verify models, create models, and share
results. All are welcome to attend the series.