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Free Lecture: Personal Health and Climate Change

IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON PERSONAL HEALTH IS SUBJECT OF FREE LECTURE, LED BY PHYSICIAN AND BOOK AUTHOR

Event takes place Sept. 26 at The Collider in downtown Asheville, open to the public

Climate change affects not just our planet but the people who live on it. From increases in the risk for illnesses such as Zika, Lyme disease, and West Nile virus, to extreme weather events resulting in agricultural shortfalls – thereby, problems for the world’s food supply – there is ample evidence that climate change can impact human health.

Such impacts will be the topic of discussion at a free lecture on Monday, Sept. 26, 6 – 7 p.m., led by physician Alan H. Lockwood, author of the book, Heath Advisory: Protecting Health on a Warming Planet. The event will take place at The Collider, 1 Haywood St., in downtown Asheville.

In his book, Dr. Lockwood draws on peer-reviewed scientific and medical research to detail the symptoms of climate change and their medical side effects. In addition to discussing the health consequences of a changing climate, Dr. Lockwood will address what people will need to do to adapt to a warmer environment. After the lecture, he will be available to sign copies of his book, which will be offered for sale throughout the evening by Malaprop’s Bookstore.

This lecture is open to the public and doors open at 5:15 p.m. for light refreshments. The event is free, but donations are accepted. The event is sponsored by the Western North Carolina Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility and The Collider, both nonprofit organizations, with additional support from Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC).

The Collider is located on the newly renovated top floor of the Wells Fargo building, across from Pritchard Park. After the bank closes at 5 p.m., access to The Collider will be through the glass door facing Patton Avenue, directly across the street from the former S&W Cafeteria (just a couple of steps around the corner from the bank’s ATM machine). There will be someone by the door to let in attendees until just past 6 p.m.

Alan H. Lockwood, M.D., is Emeritus Professor of Neurology and Nuclear Medicine in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo and a senior scientist at Physicians for Social Responsibility. To learn more about Dr. Lockwood’s book, visit https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/heat-advisory.

The Collider is a non-advocacy and non-partisan business, cowork, education and event space focused on the climate services industry. For more information on The Collider, visit thecollider.org or follow The Collider on Facebook @thecollider.asheville and on Twitter @TheColliderAVL.

To learn more about the Western North Carolina Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility visit www.wncpsr.org; for information on MAHEC, visit http://mahec.net/

 

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