Planetary health and human wellbeing are closely linked. Environmental hazards influence a vast majority of communicable and non-communicable diseases worldwide. Climate change has resulted in concerning changes in disease patterns and the spread of pathogens to new geographic regions. Degradation of air, water, and land has led to a significant loss in biodiversity and placed unprecedented pressures on some of the fundamental requirements for human wellbeing and good health: clean air, safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, and sufficient food. According the 2020 Human Development Report, the strain on our planet mirrors the strain facing many of our societies, with inequalities not only reflecting the unequal consequences of a dangerous planetary change but also being a major obstacle to finding solutions. During this conversation, we will explore the nexus of the planet’s and people’s wellbeing and how COVID-19 offers a glimpse of our future.
Achim Steiner (UN Development Program), “Planet, People, and Prosperity: A conversation with Achim Steiner” (Yale Institute for Global Health)
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm