ClearAIRE NC’s annual NC BREATHE Conference brings together a diverse group of North Carolina stakeholders to learn about current issues at the intersection of health, equity, and climate change and, using sound science, make recommendations to decision-makers aimed at protecting those most vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change.

About the Conference

The NC BREATHE 2021 conference was held on April 6-7, 2021. The two-day virtual event featured distinguished speakers and interactive breakout sessions, focusing on important topics such as:

  • Environmental racism and urban heat islands
  • CAFOs, air pollution, and respiratory disease
  • Building capacity for climate resilience in Tribal communities

  • Challenges and opportunities for healthcare delivery
  • Using crises lines to track and treat the mental health effects of extreme weather
  • And much more…

Opening Keynote Speaker

William J. Barber III is the Strategic Partnerships Manager at the Climate Reality Project. He also serves as a member of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Secretary’s Environmental Justice and Equity Advisory Board, as well as co-chair for the North Carolina Poor People’s Campaign Ecological Devastation Committee. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law and is deeply interested in environmental policy, having completed work with the UNC Law Center for Climate, Energy, Environment, and Economics as well as with Clean Water for North Carolina and Clean Energy Works. Barber has several years of experience in grassroots and community organizing, working as a field secretary for the North Carolina NAACP.

William Barber, III, J.D.

Strategic Partnerships Manager, Climate Reality Project

Student Abstracts

The NC BREATHE 2021 conference showcased student research abstracts on environmental health and health equity. Twelve students participated; three of which were chosen to give short lightning talk presentations about their poster and research. For any abstract-related questions or comments, please email Stephanie Johannes at [email protected].

2021 Conference Agenda

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