Al Gore announces his own climate & health conference

Al Gore announces his own climate & health conference

After the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) abruptly canceled its climate conference, former Vice President Al Gore announced that he would host a similar conference focusing on climate change and its effects on public health.

On Thursday, Gore announced that he would hold his own Climate & Health Meeting in partnership with Howard Frumkin, former director of CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health.

Scheduled to take place in Atlanta on 16th of February, the conference will be attended by a number of health and climate groups, including the American Public Health Association, the Climate Reality Project, Harvard Global Health Institute.

Gore alleged that the Trump administration tried to cancel the event but it would take place anyway, stressing that climate should not be a political issue.

Announcing the event, Gore said, “They tried to cancel this conference but it is going forward anyway. Today we face a challenging political climate, but climate shouldn’t be a political issue. Health professionals urgently need the very best science in order to protect the public…”

The CDC’s Climate & Health Summit that had been in the works for the last several months was cancelled by the federal agency ahead of President Trump’s inauguration, without providing any explanation. The decision was severely criticized, with many blaming Trump, a vocal skeptic of global warming and climate change, for the cancelation of the conference.