Human health and planetary health are intertwined

The Hill - 03-22


As humans, we like to think in categories, but the truth is we’ve never lived in a world where the health of humans, ecosystems and the planet could be effectively addressed in silos. The severe and wide-ranging effects of climate change, the biggest health threat of the 21st century according to the World Health Organization, force us to confront and address this reality. Along with attending to human health, we must also focus on the planet's health. Planetary Health as defined in 2015 by "Lancet," is “the health of human civilization and the natural systems upon which it depends.”