Our Planet, Our Health

2018

Our Planet, Our Health

Long after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, millions remain without electricity or clean drinking water. Meanwhile, the California wildfires have spewed toxins into the air, the floods of south Asia breed menacing disease, and malaria and food insecurity are on the rise in much of the developing world. With climate change driving natural disasters, displacement, and food system changes, pollution responsible for one in six deaths worldwide, and poisonous chemicals in everyday use, the work of environmentalists and health professionals is increasingly intertwined. Resilience — of individuals, communities, and systems — is key to survival. But if the environment is often hazardous to our health, it is also a source of healing. Plants have pharmaceutical properties, animals are core to many medical advances, rigorous science can promote innovative agricultural techniques, and the natural world can renew us at our core. How do we keep both people and the Earth healthy?

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