Climate Change Initiative


To be a steward for the wilderness is to be an advocate for human well-being. Physicians have been conspicuously absent in the larger policy debates of environmental change and health, yet are the most well-respected and effective science communicators in society. Our Climate Change initiative seeks to empower physicians through education and effective communication skills and to characterize the impact of these changes on our health.


Global Climate Change and Human Health edited by Dr. George Luber and Dr. Jay Lemery (Jossey Bass 2015)  is our landmark text designed for undergraduate and graduate level students in both medicine and public health.  It has the imprimatur of the American Public Health Association and is authored by world-class experts in the field including many authors of the National Climate Assessment.

Our Initiative has a strong focus on climate justice and the disproportionate impact on the most disenfranchised worldwide, and we have robust collaborations with many of the leading minds in this emerging field including Climate for Heath, the George Mason Center for Climate Change Communication, and the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Lemery has written extensively on issues of climate justice and serves as a contributing editor for Health and Human Rights, and recently as the guest editor for the special edition on Climate Justice and the Right to & Health.   Please click here for lead Editorial authored by Dr. Lemery, Dr. Paul Farmer and Dr. Carmel Williams.

The Living Closer Foundation physician GME Fellowship in Climate & Health Science Policy is a 12 month program hosted by the University of Colorado Department of Emergency Medicine. Our Climate Change initiative seeks to empower physicians through education and successful communication skills and to characterize the impact of these changes on our collective health. As the first non-governmental fellowship of its kind, we endeavor to train physicians regarding climate education, meaningful engagement, and effective communication to create leaders in the field of climate change and heath.

Enviromedics: The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health co-authored by Dr. Jay Lemery and Dr. Paul Auerbach addresses the concerns about the effects of climate change on Earth and enlightens readers about the most important aspect of one of the greatest challenges of our time. The global environment is under massive stress from centuries of human industrialization. The projections regarding climate change for the next century and beyond are grim. The impact this will have on human health is tremendous, and we are only just now discovering what the long-term outcomes may be. By weighing in from a physician’s perspective, Jay Lemery and Paul Auerbach clarify the science, dispel the myths, and help readers understand the threats of climate change to human health. No better argument exists for persuading people to care about climate change than a close look at its impacts on our physical and emotional well-being.

Anschutz Today: “Sounding the Alarm on Climate Change: In Book ‘Environmedics,’ physicians explore link between global warming and human health.”

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