Code Blue for Patient Earth

Nearly 200 health professionals and health students gathered on April 20, 2018 to discuss responses to the urgent threat of climate change to health.

For over twenty years, Fresh Energy has been reaching out to professionals with many areas of specialization, working together to tackle climate action at the scale of the global warming problem.

Our work promotes the well-being of all, and so Fresh Energy partnered with Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate and the Science Museum of Minnesota to host this day-long conference. Participants included eminent nurses, physicians, veterinarians, public health officials and health advocates. A panel of six policy makers—federal, state, and local—answered questions from the audience. Fresh Energy science policy director J. Drake Hamilton closed the conference on an inspiring note by documenting Minnesota’s national leadership on climate action at the scale of the problem.

(L to R): Russ Stark, Chief Sustainability Office, City of Saint Paul, Representative Dario Anselmo, Representative Jen Schultz, Senator John Marty, and Stephanie Zawistowski, Office of Governor Mark Dayton.

Support from the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation allowed us to attract students to the conference with heavily discounted registration. As a result, 35 percent of participants were students preparing for health careers. These passionate, skilled young people are studying at Augsburg College, Century College, Concordia University, St. Paul, Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, St. Catherine University, the University of Minnesota, and Viterbo University.

We thank the wonderful sponsors of Code Blue for Patient Earth: Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation, Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate, Health Students for a Healthy Climate, Minnesota Department of Health, University of Minnesota Academic Health Center, the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment, Science Museum of Minnesota, Twin Cities Medical Society, and Health Care Without Harm.

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