Reflection Paper Assignment (Blog) – based on: “Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens Our Health and What
We Can Do about It”- Book by Dan Ferber and Paul R. Epstein
The prompt is:
John Coomber, Swiss Reinsurance’s CEO noted that the number one long-term threat, to the insurance industry, and to society is climate
change. Provide evidence from the book to support this claim. In doing so, reflect on the statement that “climate change adds insult to
injury” in that already stressed systems can lose resilience and be more vulnerable as a result of climate change (page 150-151).
Provide evidence as well to support this systems view. Finally, reflect on why there is or is not an ethical and public health
obligation to act decisively in the face of this accumulating (though not proven) evidence given push back from many prominent
politicians that climate change is a hoax
-respond to the prompt using data and quotes from the book. Your job is to demonstrate your understanding of the book and its key
messages/lessons. You can cite additional research or material as needed to make your points but these should be appropriately cited.
-Your reflection papers should also include your own reflections on the social and ethical issues associated with the book. Any
position/personal commentary should be well supported by the literature/science
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