The Planetary Health Alliance
Since the publication of the Rockefeller–Lancet Commission Report on Planetary Health,1 interest in planetary health has grown. Planetary health has been defined as “the health of human civilisation and the state of the natural systems on which it depends”. Planetary health research focuses on understanding and quantifying the human health effects of accelerating environmental change, including changes in climate, freshwater availability, biodiversity, food and nutrition, sustainable fishing, agricultural productivity, air quality, and water or airborne diseases. To catalyse innovative ideas among the disparate yet integrally related fields, The Lancet Planetary Health will publish a booklet of outstanding abstracts in planetary health research, in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Planetary Health Alliance on May 29–31, 2018, at the University of Edinburgh in the UK.
This publication will help to introduce readers to cutting-edge knowledge from a rapidly evolving transdisciplinary body of research that has profound implications for policy and practice across the sustainable development agenda. Researchers from any discipline relevant to planetary health are invited to submit an abstract of their research describing a recent study or a project currently in process that contributes to the gaps in knowledge, governance, and imagination as reported by the Rockefeller–Lancet Commission. In particular, we hope to have comprehensive submissions relating to the approaches, methods, tools, and indicators to assess how, where, and why environmental change leads to meaningful public health impacts. We are looking for geographically diverse examples of planetary health research and solutions, covering areas as diverse as the effects of climate change on human health; environmental change and food systems/human nutrition; land use change and vector-borne disease; urbanisation and mental health; zoonotic disease emergence; freshwater scarcity and communicable diseases; natural disasters and human displacement; and air quality impacts of deforestation. These are only a few of the many possible topics we welcome for submission. If you have any questions about whether the topic is relevant, please visit the Planetary Health Alliance website to see relevant themes or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 Whitmee S, Haines A, Beyrer C, et al. Safeguarding human health in the
Anthropocene epoch: report of The Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet
Commission on planetary health. Lancet 2015; 386: 1973–2028.