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HELENE GAYLE: WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE WORLD’S BIGGEST THREAT TO FOOD SECURITY

The Climate 25: Helene Gayle from Weather Films on Vimeo.

“IT IS IRONIC THAT THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE IS GREATEST FOR THOSE LEAST RESPONSIBLE.” 


While it’s difficult to attribute a given weather event to climate change, Dr. Helene Gayle sees in events like Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina a warning about the effects climate change could have worldwide, especially on poor communities.

Gayle has served as president and CEO of CARE USA, “a leading humanitarian organization working to fight global poverty,” since 2006. As a physician trained in pediatrics and public health, she was the staff epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after working in the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service.

Gayle also worked as the AIDS coordinator and chief of the HIV/AIDS division for the U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as serving as director for the National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention sector of the CDC, and director of the CDC’s Washington, D.C. office. Gayle also previously worked as the director of the HIV, TB and Reproductive Health program for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She was listed as number 78 on Forbes 2014 list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.”