EPN 2022

Chrysoula Papachristou

Chrysoula Papachristou, Speaker at Pediatrics Conferences
University of Athens, Greece
Title : Children, adolescence and climate crisis


Climate change threatens human health, including mental health, and access to clean air, safe drinking water, nutritious food, and shelter. Everyone is affected by climate change at some point in their lives. Some people are more affected by climate change than others because of factors like where they live; their age, health, income, and occupation; and how they go about their day-to-day life. Children are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change because of their growing bodies, their unique behaviors and interactions with the world around them and , their dependency on caregivers. The voices of young people are seldom included in discourses around health policy. Recently, however, adolescents have begun to assert their position within the ‘climate crisis’. Initiatives like staging a school strike every Friday (Climate Strike), forming protests and blocking public sites like the London Tower Bridge have generated considerable momentum. Overall, it would seem hard to make an argument that children do not have a fundamental right to justice in a matter as essential as the future condition of the planet on which they will live and raise their own children.

What will audience learn from your presentation?

  • I believe that reviewing recent literature on this topic will help the audience understand aspects of climate crisis not previously consider and also deal with a more scientific point of view with this topic which affects everyone
  • Actually I believe it will mostly provide new information to an old problem through combine knowledge and especially youth statement. Children are a ‘missing chain’ in solving that problem and they have proved with their way that they have a voice, maybe not enough heard so far.


Dr. Chrysoula Papachristou studied medicine in Ioannina University ,graduated in 1999,then she did pediatric residency program in University Hospital of Larissa. She attended the International Child Mental fellowship program in Boston Children Hospital for 3 months in 2008 .She has worked as a pediatrician in hospital setting in Greece ever since. In 2019 finishrd her first MCs on  «Research Methodology in Biomedicine, Biostatistics and Clinical Bioinformatics at University of Thessaly»   and she is now doing her second master on child and adolescence development.