Dr. Maibach will make the case that climate change and its underlying major cause, burning fossil fuels, are the world’s #1 public health threat. He will also make the case that health professionals have a unique and possibly uniquely important role to play in building public and political will for climate solutions.


Edward Maibach, MPH, PhD—a Distinguished University Professor and Director of the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication—is a public health communication scientist who focuses on climate change and related challenges. He is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine, a AAAS Fellow, and in 2020 he was awarded the Stephen Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication. In 2021, Thompson Reuters identified Ed as one of the world’s 10 most influential scientists working on climate change. Previously, Ed served as Associate Director of the National Cancer Institute and Worldwide Director of Social Marketing at Porter Novelli. Currently, he is a Board Member of the Global Climate and Health Alliance.

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