COP26: This time, nurses are taking a lead.




Climate change, COP26, nursing, leadership


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Author Biography

Ruth McDermott-Levy, Villanova University

Ruth McDermott-Levy, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN is a professor and co-director the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (US Region 3 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit) at Villanova University’s Fitzpatrick College of Nursing. Her area of expertise is public health nursing with a focus on global and environmental health. She was an editor of the American Journal of Nursing awarded Book of the Year, Environmental Health in Nursing. Ruth has conducted research in fracking communities of Northeastern Pennsylvania. In 2018, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Finland where she examined Finnish nurses’ observed health impacts of climate change. She also worked with Finnish nurses to link climate change to health and address mitigation and adaptation strategies. She has published about incorporation climate change into nursing curricula, climate health impacts for older adults, and the health impacts of unconventional natural gas extraction in Pennsylvania. Her current research is examining climate change adaptation of community-based organizations and defining climate change related mortality.  Ruth recognizes that climate change is our greatest public health threat and our greatest public health opportunity.


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How to Cite

McDermott-Levy, R. (2021). COP26: This time, nurses are taking a lead. Witness: The Canadian Journal of Critical Nursing Discourse, 3(2), 6–9.