Join our online session: Coronavirus and climate crisis. Connections and possible solutions

As part of the Virtual Skoll World Forum Week, the Skoll Foundation and Health Care Without Harm have organized the online session “Coronavirus and the climate crisis: Mobilizing health for common solutions.”

We invite you to join us for this 90 minute session on March 31, 7:30 AM Pacific Standard Time / 3:30 PM UK time to explore together the interlinkages between these twin crises.

Session overview
We are living in a moment where two major global threats, a worldwide pandemic and the climate crisis, have suddenly converged. Both are health emergencies. With one, disease spreads like wildfire. And with the other, wildfires and other impacts spread disease.

While at first blush these two crises are not necessarily related to one another, there are a series of coronavirus - climate crisis connections that are worthwhile exploring, as they reveal common causes, synergistic impacts and shared solutions.

Learn how climate change and the coronavirus pandemic are deeply intertwined in both cause and effect. Explore opportunities for collective action to confront these threats by both strengthening our health systems and building systems change by creating a future based on resilience, health equity and climate justice.

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When: March 31, 7:30 - 9 AM Pacific Standard Time / 3:30 - 5:00 PM UK time / 8 - 9:30 PH Delhi time.

Host: Liz Diebold, Principal, Skoll Foundation.

This 90-minute session will be divided into two components:

1- Action catalyst panel:

Panelists will engage in a conversation about the common causes and intertwined impacts of COVID 19 and climate change, as well as potential shared systems change solutions.


  • Dr. David Nabarro, Special Envoy to the World Health Organization on COVID-19, former special adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change
  • Dr. Mandeep Dhaliwal, Director, HIV, Health and Development, United Nations Development Programme
  • Dr. Arvind Kumar, President, Lung Care Foundation of India
  • Dr. Marta Lado, Chief Medical Officer, Partners In Health, Sierra Leone
  • Gary Cohen, President and Co-Founder, Health Care Without Harm

2 - Participant engagement session:
Facilitators will engage the audience in a collaborative, online conversation with a set of virtual tools.


  • Russ Gaskin, Managing Partner, CoCreative
  • Seema Patel, CEO, Global Knowledge Initiative 

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