FutureForum Alps: My health, our climate

The event will take place in Liechtenstein on 30 June and 1 July.

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The climate crisis endangers our health, but at the same time the mountains also have a healing effect. The first Liechtenstein FutureForum Alps “My health, our climate” in Schaan/LI will highlight risks and measures to keep us and the environment healthy.

What kind of behaviour is required in an emergency? Provide help and get support as quickly as possible, because every second counts. This is exactly how we must treat the climate crisis, according to doctor Bea Albermann from Switzerland, because it is the biggest health emergency of our time. The state of the planet is critical, the fever is rising. As a result, people are suffering more frequently from cardiovascular problems, allergies, infectious diseases and even depression. But you don’t have to study medicine to save lives. In her lecture “From melting glaciers to emergency wards”, Bea Albermann shows what measures are needed.

The healing power of the Alps

Altitude, mountain forests, natural diversity, silence: the Alps also have a positive effect on our health. Arnulf Hartl from Paracelsus Medical Private University Salzburg/A shows in his lecture “The Health Potential of the Alps” which health-promoting activities and resources the mountains offer. Exercise such as hiking or cycling at different altitudes, for example, strengthens the immune and cardiovascular systems and prevents back pain and diabetes. Spending time in nature lowers stress hormones and has a positive effect on the psyche. The Alps thus have an enormous health potential that should be used and, above all, preserved.

Liechtenstein FutureForum Alps

There are numerous synergies between health promotion and climate protection. At the FutureForum Alps on 30 June and 1 July in Schaan, participants can expect contributions on the effects of the climate crisis on health from science and practice. Workshops and presentations in small groups will delve into the topics of nutrition and agriculture, mobility, diseases, psychology and natural disasters. On Friday afternoon, one workshop is about the protection of natural disasters with nature based solutions eg. protection forests. Furthermore, there will be an excursion to the Clinicum Alpinum, where you will learn about the involvement of forests into psychological therapy.

More information and programme (in German, Italian, French and Slovene).

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