Planetary Health is a new academic field and policy framework focusing on the interconnections between human health and environmental sustainability. Bringing together a wide range of disciplines, Planetary Health is concerned with human-caused changes in Earth’s natural systems and their consequences on human health and wellbeing. This framework calls urgent attention to the degradation of our planet, from climate change, species extinction, the pollution of air, water and soil, to the negative impact food production and land use. It urges for joint efforts from multiple sectors, research disciplines, social and political actors to reverse the trend and safeguard our health and the future of our planet.
Yet addressing planetary challenges cannot go without engaging local communities, policymakers and scientists through innovative approaches. As a pilot in 2022, all events across the Falling Walls Engage Hubs sparked conversations and exchange on this vast topic by exploring research and best practices, and engaging with regional and interdisciplinary perspectives at the intersection of health, the environment and engagement.
We want to further develop our efforts to embed local debates on science-based solutions by harnessing the potential of Science Engagement and the power of a growing community. We want to encourage stakeholders to jointly develop action for global change, placing engagement at the center of their strategy to tackle Planetary Health issues— from the climate crisis, biodiversity loss, water and food security, global pollution, natural disasters to global health emergencies.
REGIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON PLANETARY HEALTH
We asked members of the Falling Walls Engage Hubs and the Engage community why Planetary Health matters, and how Science Engagement can make a difference. Check out the video below.