The climate crisis and air pollution impact public health on multiple levels. The three panelists will explore the intersection of health, social justice and transportation within the context of the climate crisis and health equity.
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Jerome A. Paulson, MD is a pediatrician and climate advocate. He is a founding member of Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action (VCCA), a network of over 400 physicians, nurses, and other health professionals from throughout the Commonwealth. VCCA members educate other health professionals and the public about the impact of climate change on human health and advocate for climate solutions that are health solutions.
Gustavo Angeles, Environmental Justice Program Coordinator for The Sierra Club, Virginia Chapter, is working on expanding focus on environmental justice by working with The Sierra Club local groups, staff and volunteers to integrate EJ principles into to existing campaigns and by providing support to community members who reach out to the Sierra Club seeking help with issues related to environmental justice.
Neelu Tummala is a physician and clinical assistant professor of surgery at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She has a special interest in advocacy concerning the health effects of climate change and is an active writer and educator on this issue. She is on the Steering Committee for Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action, the Board for the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions, and is on the Associate Board of City Year DC.