According to a recent Planetary Health report, human health indicators have never been better. However, this has come at a great cost to the planet. We are now at an inflection point, where feedback loops, through climate change, degrading forests, food and water systems, and declining ecosystem services have started negatively affecting human health again (e.g. via decreased nutrition in industrial foods, anti-microbial resistance, emergence of new infectious diseases like swine flu and spread of vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengue fever).
Unfortunately, the burden of this environmental health crisis will be highest in the developing world, and inequitably so for the poorest and most vulnerable human communities. Further, the complexity of the problem is exacerbated because of the differences that exist at local, regional, national and global levels. India, soon to become the world’s most populous country, with its deteriorating environmental safeguards and increasingly urbanising population is at substantial risk. Understanding and acting upon these challenges will require collaboration across disciplinary and political boundaries.
To address challenges and commemorate World Water Day (March 22) and International Forests Day (March 21), ATREE in association with British Council invites you to a keynote lecture by Sir Andy Haines on ‘Planetary Health - Linkages between global environmental change and human health.’
Sir Andy Haines is Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health with a joint appointment in the Dept of Public Health, Environments and Society and in the Dept of Population Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine [Director of LSHTM 2001 to 2010]. Currently, he sits on a number of national and international committees and until recently co-chaired the development group for the Health Knowledge Action Network of Future Earth.
The keynote lecture will be followed by a panel discussion. Experts on the panel will discuss ways forward to finding socially and environmentally sustainable and equitable solutions to these problems.
Call Maheshnchandra N at 9008032004 or Payal at 9980854851 for more information.