Jun 22, 2023
From 12 PM to 1 PM

Health Ethics Conference

Cristina Richie

Cristina Richie

Green Bioethics: Sustainable Health Care

Cristina Richie, PhD
Lecturer in Philosophy and Ethics of Technology, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft);
Joint Editor, Global Bioethics;
Head of the Netherlands unit (Rotterdam) of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics;
Associate Fellow, Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity, Trinity International University (Deerfield, Il)

This conference is part of the 2023 Montreal Health Ethics Conference Series

(This conference will be held in English online)

To attend this event on Zoom, please register by following this link

To see past conferences: YouTube channel of the Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit

Summary of the presentation: 
Health care is ubiquitous in the industrialized world. Yet, every medical development, technique, and procedure impacts the environment. The Canadian health care industry expends an estimated 29.7 million metric tons (MMT), or 5.1% of the country’s emissions. Carbon dioxide emissions contribute to climate change, climate-change related health hazards, and perpetuate environmental racism.  Health care is ruining the environment. In response, Green Bioethics synthesizes environmental ethics and biomedical ethics, thus creating an interdisciplinary approach to sustainable health care. Through four principles—distributive justice, resource conservation, simplicity, and ethical economics—patients, doctors, and health care plans can move towards sustainable, just health care.

Biography :
Cristina Richie, PhD is a Lecturer in the Philosophy and Ethics of Technology department at the Delft University of Technology and was the School of Social and Political Science Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh in 2020. In 2021, she was endorsed by the British Academy for a UK Global Talent Visa. Richie was previously an Assistant Professor in the Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies Department at the Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University (Greenville, NC). 

Her research is dedicated to just, sustainable health care, often from feminist, queer, or theological perspectives. In addition to her monographs, Principles of Green Bioethics: Sustainability in Health Care (Michigan State University Press, 2019); Environmental Ethics and Medical Reproduction (Oxford University Press, forthcoming), Dr. Richie is the author of over fifty articles in journals including the American Journal of Bioethics, the Journal of Medical Ethics, the Hastings Center Report, and Developing World Bioethics


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