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Climate Day keynote: Get up, stand up and participate in the climate change conversation

Article-Climate Day keynote: Get up, stand up and participate in the climate change conversation

Gina McCarthy
Climate change is the most extreme public health issue that the world has ever faced. Gina McCarthy, former Environmental Protection Agency administrator, addresses the challenges and the enormous opportunity for businesses to embrace the clean energy future.

“We’re not running to a low carbon future just because of climate change—we are running to it because it’s better, it’s sustainable, it’s more equitable, it will give our children opportunities that we did not have. It will drive the economy forward.”

—Gina McCarthy, former EPA administrator

Part 1: Remain hopeful and move forward


  • How climate change is a public health issue. 
  • We have to remain hopeful. When we are challenged; we have to move forward.
  • Younger generations care about the environment and social justice. Businesses need to address climate change issues to stay current with consumer demands. 
  • Climate change initiative is not about activism, it’s about good business.



Part 2: Public health, renewables and food protection 


  • McCarthy addresses why the population at large does not yet view climate change as a public health issue. 
  • The country that moves the fastest to clean energy will be the most powerful country in the world.
  • Talking about food scarcity and nutrition is going to be a great way to get more people involved in climate change issues.
  • How do we stay optimistic? 


This session—Climate Day, Keynote, Gina McCarthy—was recorded at Natural Products Expo West 2018. 

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