Keynote Address Videos

Climate Change, Human Health, and the Future of the Developing World
Dr. Kristie Ebi, Executive Director, Technical Support Unit for Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Renewing the Covenant with Creation: Catholic Teaching and Action on Climate Change
Daniel Misleh, Executive Director, Catholic Coalition on Climate Change

Keynote Speaker Bios

Kristie L. Ebi is Executive Director of the Technical Support Unit for Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Prior to this position, she was an independent consultant. She has been conducting research on the impacts of and adaptation to climate change for more than a dozen years, including on extreme events, thermal stress, foodborne safety and security, and vectorborne diseases. She has worked with the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Programme, USAID, and others on implementing adaptation measures in low-income countries. She facilitated adaptation assessments for the health sector for the states of Maryland and Alaska. She was a lead author on the “Human Health” chapter of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, and the “Human Health” chapter for the U.S. Synthesis and Assessment Product “Analyses of the Effects of Global Change on Human Health and Welfare and Human Systems.” She has edited fours books on aspects of climate change and has more than 80 publications. Dr. Ebi’s scientific training includes an M.S. in toxicology and a Ph.D. and a Masters of Public Health in epidemiology, and two years of postgraduate research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Since 1982, Daniel Misleh has been involved in the social mission of the Church. He has served as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Director of Diocesan Relations for the Department of Social Development and World Peace. He has trained Catholic leaders around the country in the principles of Catholic social teaching, parish social ministry, community organizing, and the Catholic approach to issues such as agriculture, environment, criminal justice and the death penalty. As Executive Director of the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change and with the endorsement of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other national Catholic organizations, he has engaged the Catholic community at the national, state and diocesan levels in a serious and sustained conversation about a Catholic approach to climate change focusing on the promotion of the common good, the protection of poor people and the exercise of prudence in order to more fully implement the U.S. Catholic bishops’ 2001 statement on climate change. Under his direction, the Coalition has launched a major new nation-wide education campaign, The Catholic Climate Covenant: The St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor. Unprecedented in scope and reach, this effort aims to reach as many US Catholics as possible to encourage them to embrace ancient teachings about the care of creation and our priority concern for the poor in the face of unfolding climate change. Mr. Misleh has written numerous articles on climate change for a variety of publications including Catholic Health World, Today’s Parish Minister, Catholic Digest, US Catholic, Journal of Religion and Sociology, Catholic Charities USA and Monday Developments.

Participating Universities

Ancilla College
Donaldson, IN

Aquinas College
Grand Rapids, MI

Assumption College
Worcester, MA

Barry University
Miami Shores, FL

Boston College
Boston, MA

Cabrini College
Bryn Mawr, PA

Calumet College of St. Joseph
Whiting, IN

Catholic Theological Union
Chicago, IL

Catholic University of America
Washington, DC

Clarke College
Dubuque, IA

College of Mount St. Joseph
Cincinnati, OH

College of Saint Mary
Omaha, NE

Creighton University
Omaha, NE

DePaul University
Chicago, IL

Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA

Georgetown University
Washington, DC

Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA

Holy Cross College
South Bend, IN

Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA

Loyola University Maryland
Baltimore, MD

Madonna University
Livonia, MI

Madonna Court University
Lakewood, NJ

Manchester College
North Manchester, IN

Marygrove College
Detroit, MI

Miami University
Oxford, OH

Our Lady of Holy Cross College
New Orleans, LA

Regis University
Denver, CO

St. Ambrose University
Davenport, IA

St. Catherine University
Saint Paul, MN

St. Edward’s University
Austin, TX

St. Francis University
Loretto, PA

St. John’s University
Queens, NY

St. Leo University
St. Leo, FL

St. Louis University
St. Louis, MO

St. Mary’s College
Notre Dame, IN

St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
Winona, MN

St. Michael’s College
Colchester, VT

Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA

Seton Hall University
South Orange, NJ

Stonehill College
Easton, MA

Thomas More College
Cincinnati, OH

University of Portland
Portland, OR

Ursuline College
Pepper Pike, OH

Wheaton College
Wheaton, IL

Xavier University
Cincinnati, OH