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Planetary Health is where people and planet collide.

Today, we are facing a confluence of multiple crises affecting our collective health as well as that of this planet that we inhabit – Earth. These include infectious disease outbreaks and pandemics, rising food and water insecurity, rapid biodiversity loss and climate change. These crises are driven by a complex interplay of human-generated political, social, economic, and environmental factors, and have dire humanitarian consequences. The deterioration of our collective health and the health of the natural world across the planet are accelerating ever more rapidly, diminishing the chance of healthy and happy lives and survival for succeeding generations.

And so there is a need for a new approach that emphasizes humanity coming together, assuming greater responsibility for our collective actions, working with a stress on equalizing responsible access to and use of limited resources, underwritten by the need to act urgently, here and now. In response to these challenges, planetary health – a new field and vision – has emerged.

Planetary health is the achievement of the highest attainable standard of health, wellbeing, and equity worldwide through judicious attention to the Earth’s living systems and the political, economic, and social forces that shape them.

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In order to advance humanity’s wellbeing, the declining state of planet Earth can no longer be ignored.


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Safeguarding Human Health in the Anthropocene Epoch: Report of The Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on Planetary Health

The Lancet | 16 July 2015

 

By almost any measure, human health is better now than at any time in history. Life expectancy has soared from 47 years in 1950–1955, to 69 years in 2005–2010, and death rates in children younger than 5 years of age have decreased substantially, from 214 per thousand live births in 1950–1955, to 59 in 2005–2010. But these gains in human health have come at a high price: the degradation of nature’s ecological systems on a scale never seen in human history. A growing body of evidence shows that the health of humanity is intrinsically linked to the health of the environment, but by its actions humanity now threatens to destabilise the Earth’s key life-support systems.


 

Governance for Planetary Health and Sustainable Development

The Lancet | 16 July 2015

 

The landmark report of The Rockefeller Foundation– Lancet Commission on Planetary Health 1 is a clear and compelling articulation of the inextricable link between human health and environmental change. The report explores an array of complex, interlinked elements of concern, from environmental tipping points to the impacts of invasive species and the importance of protected areas. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recognises planetary health as critical to achieving sustainable development across the economic, social, and environmental spheres—this ethos underpins our Strategic Plan for 2014–17

 

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