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COVID-19 and the Environment
A Three Part Series
What are we learning about our relationship with Earth during COVID-19?
Wednesday, May 13, 3–4 p.m.
As we adjust to the new normal of social isolating, the natural environment is getting a break from the old-normal stresses we place on our planet. The science shows our air is cleaner and water is clearer. What does this mean in the long run; is it possible to restore Earth’s natural systems? Join us for a free, virtual discussion on Zoom with Academy scientists as we grapple with the environmental messages of the pandemic.
- Roland Wall, Director, Patrick Center for Environmental Research
- Marie Kurz, PhD, Geochemistry Section Lead, Patrick Center for Environmental Research; Assistant Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
- Mariangeles Arce H., PhD, Collection Manager, Ichthyology
Why is Covid-19 disproportionately impacting environmental justice communities?
For over 30 years the environmental justice movement has been fighting the disproportionate risks that pollution poses to low-income populations and communities of color. Now we know that the impacts of COVID-19 are also unequally distributed, with infection and fatality rates higher among communities with higher environmental stresses. Join us for a free, virtual discussion on Zoom with Academy experts and advocates as we examine the connections between the pandemic and environmental justice.
Moderator: Alexis Schulman, Dolan Fellow, the Academy’s Patrick Center for Environmental Research; Assistant Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
- Saleem Chapman, Deputy Director of the Philadelphia Office of Sustainability
- Lubna Ahmed, Director of Environmental Health at WE ACT for Environmental Justice in NYC
- Russel Zerbo, Advocate at the Clean Air Council
What role does science play in public policy and social action during Covid-19?
The pandemic has highlighted questions in how science is used to guide public policy and social action similar to those raised around climate change. Both COVID-19 and climate change require credible scientific understanding and interpretation; both rely on models to predict the future; both force public decision-making in the face of uncertainty; and both have become politically polarizing. Join us for a free, virtual discussion on Zoom with experts about managing the challenges of science-driven public policy.
Moderator: Roland Wall, Director, Patrick Center for Environmental Research, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
- Carol Collier, FAICP, FAWRA, Senior Advisor for Watershed Management and Policy, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
- Jerry Fagliano, MPH, Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor and Chair, Environmental and Occupational Health, Drexel University
- Peter DeCarlo, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
- David Velinsky, Ph.D., VP for Science, Academy of Natural Sciences, Chair, Department of Biodiversity, Earth, and Environmental Sciences, Drexel University
What happened at the latest United Nations Climate Change Conference?
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Academy Conversation: What happens if federal regulations protecting clean water are scaled back?
January 8, 2019