The world’s climate system is an integral part of human health. In the past decade, the World Health Organization has advocated for the rebranding of climate change as a public health issue. This course will examine the complex interactions between human behaviour and various outcomes of climate change, from rising sea levels to changing weather. The effects on human health are far-reaching, including drought and wild fire, reduced agricultural productivity, and changes in the range of infectious diseases. A focus will be on the role of the individual in these processes and what can be done to mitigate their impact.
DAVID KING (PhD, University of British Columbia) is a researcher and instructor of psychology at the University of British Columbia. Dr. King has been teaching at the undergraduate level for the past four years, leading courses in personality, gender, and health psychology. He is the author of multiple papers in peer-reviewed journals and has co-authored two textbooks, including the first Canadian edition of Health Psychology: Biopsychosocial Interactions (Wiley, 2016).