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: Aspen Ideas 2016

Watch and Listen: Environment

In Conversation with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Hari Sreenivasan. See more
A conversation between US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and the Aspen Institute's David Monsma. See more
Brian Enquist, an expert in ecology and evolutionary biology, brings to life a geographic inventory of forest assets... See more
What do we see when we look at the Earth, and what do these observations mean for the years ahead?Barbara Ryan,... See more
Award-winning photographer and filmmaker Pete McBride will present his ongoing work on watersheds, rivers and... See more
Today’s North American energy headlines — about the shale revolution, the next generation of transport fuels, the... See more

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