APB’s Gina McCarthy Discusses Climate Change with WBUR
23 Sep 2019
Former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, APB speaker Gina McCarthy, recently sat with WBUR to discuss climate change with youth activists. McCarthy, who is currently Professor of the Practice of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health and the Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) at Harvard, revealed that an inability to make climate change a part of everyday discussion will lead to irreversible consequences. When asked how she stays positive despite not holding "the keys" to running environmental health, McCarthy said, "You can't be unrealistic about the challenge, but you have to be hopeful for the future..." She went on to say, "I want to make sure that anybody your age recognizes that when an administration like this may not be paying attention, it's not the end of the discussion. It's not the end of your opportunity to make progress..."
One of today's leading speakers on the environment and public health, McCarthy has dedicated her 35-year career in public service to protecting public health and the critical natural resources we all depend on. Her perseverance has led to federal, state and local actions on environmental issues. Significant accomplishments include action to advance environmental, clean energy, public transportation and public health goals consistent with a growing economy across the United States.