Dr. Colin L. Soskolne as a Public Speaker & Specialized Consultant
Now being retired, Dr. Soskolne will consider speaking engagements subject to the nature of the event and in relation to his availability. Dr. Soskolne is currently based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He favours local/provincial engagements that are less impacting on his ecological footprint. High-impact opportunities outside of the province/country will be considered. Engagements are recommended that utilize teleconferencing, webinar-type and related technologies.
The subjects of occupational and environmental epidemiology, eco-epidemiology, professional ethics, scientific integrity, public health, global health, global governance, and sustainability lie at the heart of Dr. Soskolne's work, focussing on the public interest, locally, nationally, and globally. Discussed in academic or non-academic settings, Dr. Soskolne's novel and challenging approaches are intended not only to inform, but also to provide a framework for paradigm shifts in political and social action.
A lecture entitled "ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH: Understanding Dynamics Between Global Environmental Changes and Human Health" was delivered by ZOOM platform to the Joline Young Heritage Consultancy, Cape Town, South Africa on September 30, 2020.
Since the early 1990s, Colin Soskolne has been professionally immersed in research, teaching, advocacy and policy relating to environmental changes in relation to human health and the future of life on Earth. An opportunity arose for him to share his consolidated work experience with a general audience. Joline Young asked him if he would be willing to lead a discussion on the topic using her South Africa-based web platform and from which 50% of the proceeds would go towards a Western Cape farmworker charity to support essential workers through the pandemic. He agreed. The 1.5-hour long webinar, and discussion, can be viewed above.
In the period 2017-2018, when Colin Soskolne was Chair of the Development Committee of the International Network for Epidemiology in Policy (INEP, formerly, IJPC-SE), a script was developed, unanimously approved and adopted. A video of 5 minutes and 47 seconds was produced with Colin Soskolne as the host. The purpose of the video was to provide an entry point to INEP's website that would not only explain the nature of INEP, but also encourage donations in support of INEP's mission. This video arose from the advice of fundraising consultants. Its purpose was to not only make the organization more immediately accessible, but also to expand its fundraising reach. Initially, and through early 2019, the video enjoyed a feature position on the landing page of the website. Soon after the Development Committee was dissolved in January 2019, the video, under the direction of the INEP Executive Committee, was removed from its feature position on the landing page of the website to become embedded in the button WHAT IS INEP.
In the period 2017-2018, when Colin Soskolne was Chair of the Development Committee of the International Network for Epidemiology in Policy (INEP, formerly, IJPC-SE), a script was developed, unanimously approved and adopted and Colin was instrumental in its production. Its purpose was to serve as a 1 minute and 57 second hook that might go viral to attract the public to the INEP website. Under the direction of the Executive Committee, it was embedded in the donor portal under the button WHAT YOUR DONATIONS DO.
Through the 1980s, Dr. Soskolne was actively involved in AIDS research and prevention, both globally and locally. As part of this work, he gave what is believed to have been North America's first televised interview on October 23, 1986, to a morning network television show about the proper use of prophylactics (condoms) to prevent the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, as well as unintended pregnancies. Click on the play button to view this 10-minute interview.
Dr. Soskolne speaks about the health effects of living in the chemical complex in Sumgayit, Azerbaijan, and the need for capacity building on epidemiology at the International Public Health Symposium, Madrid, Spain, 20-22 October 2008. Click on the play button to view this 6:46-minute interview.
In this interview, Dr. Colin Soskolne explains the cyclic relationship between the human population and the ecosystem. Describing our opulent lifestyles and excessive pollution, he suggests that we may be getting exactly what we deserve. Click on the play button to view this 5:51-minute interview.
In early 2008, Dr. Soskolne's senior edited text Sustaining Life on Earth: Environmental and Human Health through Global Governance, comprising 27 contributed chapters over 450 pages, was launched by Lexington Books. The book is anchored in the Earth Charter as a set of readily accessible values and ethical principles for governments and societies around the world to embrace if our planet Earth is to be moved from a path that is unsustainable to one that is sustainable. Coincident with this book's completion was the Nobel Prize given to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007 for their collective contributions to bringing attention to climate change. In this TV interview, Dr. Soskolne emphasizes that climate change is only one of the several serious manifestations that societies around the world need to be concerned about stemming from the current paradigm of an erroneous belief that there are no limits to growth.