Humanity has during the past century made tremendous public health gains such as global child mortality and life expectancy. But to achieve this, we have exploited the planet and disrupted its natural systems, leading to significant and accelerating environmental problems and disharmony with the rest of the Biosphere.
All these tremendous changes in the environment and in our climate will severely affect our health and, if left undealt with, put decades of public health gains at severe risk. Paradoxical, our fossil lifestyle, which earlier gave rise to improved quality of life and improved global health, is also beginning to have negative impact on our health with examples such as kidney disease, type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, now being the most common contributing cause for death globally.
The concept of global health is focused on the health of human populations without considering the surrounding natural ecosystems, the foundation of our existence. In 2015 the Planetary health concept was launched by the Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on Planetary Health in order to recognize that the health of humans is intimately linked with the health of the natural systems. It is now a scientific field and global movement not only focused on understanding and quantifying the growing human health impacts of anthropogenic global environmental change but also on trying to develop solutions.
This BZ aims to introduce the concept Planetary health and create understanding of the interactions between human health and well-being and animal and environmental health. International and national pioneers, thought-leaders and researchers in the field will share and introduce the concept Planetary health, including describing the current state of knowledge and the current research front. The aim is also to initiate interdisciplinary discussions that can generate new co-operations, both clinical and research, as well as to provide tools for implementing the concept in the clinical practice.
Contact: Maria Wolodarski, firstname.lastname@example.org