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GSA GOLD is an online lecture and discussion series from the Geological Society of Australia, held on the first Tuesday of the month.

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GSA GOLD is on Tuesday 3 August {1.30pm AEST (NSW, QLD, ACT, VIC, TAS), 1.00pm ACST (SA, NT), 11.30am WST (WA)}!

Our speaker is Associate Professor Kim Dowling, Federation University.

Talk title: Geology and the United Nations: The Sustainable Development Goal linking Wellbeing to the Geosciences.

Registration for GSA GOLD is free for all GSA members. Non-members can also register for just $10.00.

Non-members can use the GSA GOLD registration fee as part of their joining fee when applying for membership with the Geological Society of Australia. Please email info@gsa.org.au for info.

Following your registration, you will be sent a link to attend GSA GOLD on Zoom.

Abstract:

In 2015, the United Nations (UN) published 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and set an agenda to create a more sustainable world which was free of poverty, hunger, and disease and which provided peace and prosperity for all humans. It proposed a road map to end deprivation, improve health and education, and reduce inequality, all while enhancing economic growth, tackling climate change, and supporting the natural environment. These lofty and noble aspirations are impossible to attain without close engagement with the Geosciences.

This transformational vision recognizes the interconnectedness of the geogenic systems that are the focus of the geosciences (rock, soil, water, and air), and which are fundamental to the maintenance of our landscape and the maintenance of our populations. These environmental-based health outcomes are linked to the UN’s SDG 3: “Ensuring healthy lives for all members of society at all ages”.

To achieve SDG 3 we must understand the complex factors linking human and environmental health outcomes. Collaborative partnerships between the geosciences and health sectors is crucial. Population health is also linked to socioeconomic factors: regions of poor environmental quality often coincide with low population health outcomes. For societies to evolve sustainably while maintaining positive health outcomes, the condition of our environment and how we interact with our environment are key determinants of success.

We explore the concept of wellness and how the geogenic environment supports health and wellbeing. We discuss health financing and trends, and the role of the geogenic environment in sustaining both ecosystem and human health, with an emphasis on case studies that demonstrate the essential positives and negatives of our planetary engagement. We demonstrate the global inter-connectedness, and significance of the natural environment to human and ecosystem health.

Context:

This talk presents work discussed in a new book: Geosciences and the Sustainable Development Goals (Springer International Publishing) and is edited by Joel Gill and Martin Smith. The book addresses each SDG and considers the role of the geosciences in attaining that goal. Kim will present aspects of SDG 3: “Ensuring healthy lives for all members of society at all ages” which appears as Chapter 3 in the book and is authored by Kim Dowling, Rachael Martin, Singarayer. K. Florentine, and Dora C. Pearce. If you are interested in receiving a free copy of this Chapter (which may be shared with colleagues/students for education and non-commercial use), email Kim Dowling k.dowling@federation.edu.au.

Biography:

Associate Professor Kim Dowling, Federation University Australia

Kim’s research addresses significant questions associated with contaminated land (natural or human affected) and its effect on ecosystem and human health. Climate fluctuation means that the frequency of fire and flood events is increasing, and each can exacerbate the mobility of contaminants, and can have both direct and indirect implications for human health globally. The assessment of risks, threats, as well as mitigations and prevention are a focus of current work.

Kim completed her undergraduate studies in geology at UNSW. After a stint in the gold mining industry working in Meekatharra, Western Australia, she completed a PhD at James Cook University addressing exploration techniques for gold mineralization using chemical and quartz textural differences. Subsequently, Kim worked at the University of Papua New Guinea, and various Australian Universities to address environmental change and to completed further studies.

Kim’s research interests necessarily extend to include Public Health, food safety, site rehabilitation, and the UN’s Sustainability Goals and the meaningful dissemination of environmental information as a means of ensuring equitable outcomes. She is a member of the International Medical Geology Association and regularly reports on environmental matters in the media (e.g. The Science Show).

More information can be found at:

ResearchGate

Kim Dowling at Federation Uni


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