Planetary health is defined as “the health of human civilisation and the state of the natural systems on which it depends,” and the news is not good. Recent contributions to our knowledge on this topic include ongoing mass extinctions, the perilous state of the world’s coral reefs and oceans, and catastrophic health outcomes from climate change.
At a recent Public Health Association of Australia forum, speakers from across the health and environment sectors provided an outlook on the impacts of climate change and planetary health… and it seems that the most vulnerable across the globe are bearing the brunt. But as Ms Parker discussed, addressing planetary health for both the health and wellbeing of communities and the natural environment may be as simple as starting to increase people’s engagement with nature within their local environments.
“We need to give everyone the opportunity experience and have access to nature: whether it’s in your backyard, schoolyard or workplace. We need to take responsibility around nature where local communities can take positive action but importantly they are supported and backed by government.”
As also highlighted at the forum, this link between human health and environmental wellbeing is not new concept or philosophy, where Indigenous peoples around the world have understood these relationships for centuries.
To learn more about the presentations and their collective concerns of the need to galvanise our political will to address this global crisis, please view: https://croakey.org/planetary-health-is-a-social-justice-issue/