- Cities and the Planet: How Urban Ecosystems Impact the Planet
- Can the Private Sector Drive Change?
- Mobilizing a Planetary Health Movement
- Burn: Wildfires, Deforestation, and Planetary Health
- Food Connects Land & Sea: Integrating Oceans into the Future of Food
- NCDs and Planetary Health: Common Challenges and Co-Beneficial Solutions
Urban ecosystems impact planetary health, and urbanization needs to be a focus of study and action. Panelists will discuss both benefits and threats that cities bring, with a particular focus on megacities and slums. The panel will present solutions bridging sectors – including innovative governance structures and new technologies.
Organized by Jo Ivey Boufford and moderated by Michelle Barry, with speakers including Peng Gong, John Rossant, Olga Sarmiento, David Vlahov
In what ways is the private sector driving change in planetary health? This session will hear from leaders in finance, valuation, and scalable solutions. Can we turn the old and new economies toward a sustainable future?
Organized by Sam Bickersteth and moderated by Gretchen Daily, with speakers including Robert Strand and John Fullerton
The rapid degradation of earth’s natural systems necessitates urgent, global, collective action to fundamentally reshape our relationship with these life-support systems. What strategies do successful organizers use to help people fight feelings of individual futility and come together in collective action to catalyze change? Organizers will share needs, challenges, and opportunities that lie ahead in building a movement to advance planetary health.
Organized by Sam Myers and moderated by Courtney Howard, with speakers including Emmanuela Shinta, Sandy Naranjo, and Zoe Cina-Sklar
Wildfires are predicted to increase 30-50% by 2040. Agricultural burning is also on the rise. Fire exposure increases respiratory symptoms, respiratory emergency department visits, strokes, and heart attacks. There is an urgent need to formulate a call to action with international/local scientists across different disciplines, non-profit organizations, policy makers, and community groups to preserve forests and protect health.
Over the next few decades, unprecedented changes in population, incomes, technology, and environment will drive and warrant major transformations of what we eat and how we produce it. In discussions of future diets, however, the role of oceans is often marginalized. Yet oceans provide critical nutrition and livelihoods to the world’s vulnerable populations, and many market, dietary and ecosystem connections exist between agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture, and livestock production. Our panel of nutrition and environmental scientists and practitioners will discuss challenges, opportunities, and pathways for integrating oceans into a sustainable and equitable future of food.