Our Bodies, Our Climate: Public Health and the Climate Crisis

Brooklyn Public Library, February 12, 2020


Denise Patel, MPH, MPH, is the U.S. program director at GAIA, the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, a worldwide alliance of more than 800 grassroots groups, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in over 90 countries that works toward a toxic-free world without incineration of waste. Denise’s work focuses on environmental and occupational health advocacy. She previously directed the Divest/Invest Network and organized fossil-fuel divestment campaigns with 350.org. She servies on the steering committee of the People’s Climate Movement-New York and on the Board of Dircectors of GreenFaith.


Dora Alejandra Acevedo is a pediatric nurse practitioner who works with asthma, allergy and pulmonology patients at Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx. She has served in the U.S. Army Reserves and the Army Nurse Corps, and she is a board member of FAHWA (Fostering Aid Through Health Workers Alliance and LCLAA (Labor Council for Latin American Advancement). She has been part of NYSNA medical missions to areas affected by climate change, including Guatemala, India, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico.

Lilia Marquez works as a registered nurse at Bellevue Hospital and serves on the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) Board of Directors. She has represented NYSNA at New York Renews, a statewide coalition of nearly 200 labor, community and environmental groups promoting state legislation to protect the climate, promote equity, and develop green jobs. She is a volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps and serves on the NYSNA Climate Disaster Relief Committee.

Katy McFadden, MSN, is a reproductive justice activist who works in maternal-infant health. She has worked in neonatal intensive care and is involved in holistic, full-spectrum birth support. She is a volunteer organizer with Ancient Song Doula Services.