What is planetary health?

Planetary health presents a new way to think of “the health of human civilization and the state of the natural systems on which it depends” as described in the Rockefeller Lancet report, which include:

Environmental impact areas

  •   Changing abundance, composition, and distribution of species

  •   Changing biogeochemical flows

  •   Changing food systems

  •   Changing land use and land cover

  •   Climate change

  •   Global pollution

  •   Natural disasters

  •   Urbanization

  •   Water scarcity

Public health impact areas

  •   Civil strife and displacement

  •   Infectious diseases

  •   Mental health

  •   Non-communicable diseases

  •   Nutrition

 

“In the Anthropocene era, it is impossible to draw a clear line between human civilisation and natural systems. With this in mind, it is crucial that we do not forget that it is the choices that our societies make that will determine the planet's future and consequently, our own. Planetary health needs to be at the centre of these choices”

The Bigger Picture of Planetary Health - Lancet Planetary Health 2018