Who cares? Helen Caldicott and Kate Orff in conversation

Monday, April 2, 2012
Wood Auditorium

Helen Caldicott, Physicians for Social Responsibility
Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP

A cross-disciplinary dialogue on energy, environmental health, landscape, and care between physician and anti-nuclear activist Helen Caldicott and Urban Landscape Lab Director Kate Orff.

Caldicott, whose iconic 1978 book Nuclear Madness: What You Can Do changed the discourse on energy production, forewarned of the earthquake-related vulnerabilities to Japanese reactors before the 2011 disaster in Fukushima, and continues to challenge notions that nuclear power is the answer to global warming today. This event takes inspiration from her work, as well as Richard Misrach’s and Kate Orff’s collaborative publication Petrochemical America, a photographic and graphic investigation of the cultural, physical, and economic ecologies of a 150-mile stretch of the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to New Orleans known as “Cancer Alley.”

How do demands for energy and economic efficiency affect population health? By caring for the planet and its people in different ways, what can doctors and designers learn from each other? #wood040212



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