Planetary Health: The Interdependence of Human and Natural Systems

It is no longer possible to separate the health of the planet from the health of its people. Disease patterns are changing as the climate does, and human health is at risk from loss of biodiversity, depleted water supplies, environmental toxins, and collapsing food systems. As the Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health states: “The continuing degradation of natural systems threatens to reverse the health gains seen over the last century… We have mortgaged the health of future generations to realize economic and development gains in the present.” Do we have the scientific knowledge and political will to approach these systems differently?

Festival: 2016

Watch and Listen: Environment

As scientists have slowly come to grasp the seriousness of climate change, many have begun to doubt that humans can... See more
Some three billion people use biomass fuel – typically from wood, crop residues, or animal dung – to cook indoors in... See more
Meat production requires far more water, grain, land, and fossil fuel than anything else we eat – for example, one... See more
The killing of Harambe, the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, caused uproar around the country, raising questions about... See more
Every year, one-third of all the food produced on the planet is lost or wasted, an amount valued at about one trillion... See more
It is no longer possible to separate the health of the planet from the health of its people. Disease patterns are... See more

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