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CHE Café: Multisolving for climate, chemicals & health

January 25 , 2:00 pm 3:00 pm EST

We’re now in the dangerous, uncharted territory climate scientists have been warning about for decades. Meanwhile, biologists and toxicologists are sounding the alarm about surpassing the “planetary boundary” for chemical pollution, beyond which both ecosystems and our health are endangered. 

We know climate change and chemical pollution are related in ways that can accelerate both crises, but does their interlinked nature also offer opportunities? 

This CHE Café conversation, co-hosted with The New School at Commonweal, will feature biologist and systems thinker Dr. Elizabeth Sawin and chemicals expert and clean production advocate Beverley Thorpe. The speakers will explore opportunities to prioritize solutions that concurrently address climate change and the global crisis of chemical contamination — while also improving public health, equity and economic vitality. 

Dr. Sawin will introduce the “multisolving” approach she developed to help people identify and create win-win-win solutions, including tools to measure often overlooked co-benefits to help guide public policies and investments. Ms. Thorpe will describe how the escalating production of petrochemicals and plastics is contributing to the climate crisis, and how solutions based on both decarbonization and detoxification are essential if we are to protect health, address environmental injustices and slow climate change.

CHE Director Kristin Schafer will moderate the discussion.

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