This side session will take place from 16:00-18:00.
Planetary Health Education Workshop
This 2-hour workshop will bring together individuals engaged in planetary health education around the world. The session will provide participants with the opportunity to learn from and forge new collaborations with other educators working to teach planetary health to similar audiences, and engage in a collective brainstorming around core directions for planetary health education moving forward. Key points of discussion will include: What is the current state of planetary health education within various settings – primary- and secondary-level educational programs, undergraduate programs, public health programs, medical programs, and others? What major developments would we like to see within planetary health education, and what are the primary challenges in achieving them? What resources and actions do we need to advance planetary health educational goals? This session is capped based on room size. Please register in advance.
All morning side sessions will take place from 8:30-12:00. Please only register for one event.
Planetary Health Alliance Membership Meeting
As the Planetary Health Alliance continues to think about ways to best support the development of the planetary health field, we welcome the opportunity to engage and brainstorm with our broader community. From our ongoing conversations with Planetary Health Alliance member institutions, we have deemed the following to be essential areas of focus for the success of planetary health: 1) a cohesive community of practice; 2) continued education of a next generation of scholars and practitioners; 3) outreach to communicate planetary health to the general public; 4) collaboration with policymakers in planetary health-focused governance solutions; and 5) the continued growth of planetary health research. Yet while we have numerous ideas about how to effectively work towards these outlined goals, we want to hear from you. Are we on target? Are we missing anything? Please come prepared to share your feedback and ideas. This is a fantastic opportunity to take part in the evolution of planetary health and a meaningful way to engage with a rapidly growing global community of dedicated partners.
Please note: This meeting is focused on our member institutions, but we also welcome participation from any individuals interested in learning more about the planetary health community, deepening their involvement, and sharing their thoughts on best collaborative paths forward.
Location: Sydney Smith Lecture Theatre
To Register: Contact Erika Veidis at email@example.com
Development of “Planetary Health Watch”: Towards an integrated system to monitor health and global environmental changes:
There is a need to bring together various efforts which aim to monitor and track trends in relevant health, environmental and other indicators that reflect different aspects of Planetary Health in order to assess progress, facilitate early warning of impending threats to health, and assess the effects of adaptation and mitigation policies. Such an initiative would focus on building sustainable capacity in vulnerable countries and regions. Sites in high and middle income countries would also be an essential part of the collaborative network particularly to demonstrate the feasibility of decarbonising their economies and the health (co) benefits of doing so as well as the effectiveness of integrated adaptation/mitigation strategies. Planetary Health monitoring should capitalise on the use innovative of approaches such as linking remote sensing and population based data or analysis of big data which would be key components of a ‘Planetary Health Watch’ approach. There is now an opportunity to integrate a range of efforts and platforms to foster a transdisciplinary collaborative approach, coordinating data collection across key environmental drivers, exposures, health outcomes and policy using consistent approaches and metrics. In this way decision makers can be held accountable for decisions across a range of policies and sectors necessary to advance Planetary Health and gaps in evidence and policy can be identified. This session will explore the range of issues related to using environment and health data to monitor on the Planetary level, as well as provide real examples of ongoing resources and research.
Making climate change and sustainability relevant to health professionals using innovative pedagogical approaches: A hands-on practical workshop:
In providing healthcare we compromise public health and make a contribution to climate change. However practical action and future research will not be effective without first educating healthcare practitioners about the role they play. For example improving energy and resource efficiency, procurement policies and waste management are vital for a more sustainable health sector. This workshop will engage participants with evidence-based teaching and learning materials designed to build sustainability literacy and competency in healthcare professionals. Using key knowledge topics related to health and climate change, as well as managing the use of resources, innovative pedagogic approaches will be demonstrated. This includes the use of gaming and scenarios to raise awareness and consider decision-making about challenging topics. Most importantly the session will highlight how the topics of climate change and sustainability can be included in the education of healthcare professionals in ways that are interesting, engaging, relevant to practice, and fun!
Scientific publishing at the interface between the earth systems and human health:
A new field has recently opened up in research at the interface between earth system processes and human health, a critical field given the importance of maintaining and improving the health and well-being of people across the planet in the face of tremendous environmental change. Editors from the new American Geophysical Union journal GeoHealth and from Lancet Planetary Health will discuss how to translate research into publications, describing the range of types of articles that are published, and provide writing tips to ensure that your science not only proceeds smoothly through the review process but also has the highest impact possible once it is published.
Your planet needs you – a proposal for action research project between the textile industry and Planetary Boundaries framework:
A short presentation of an action research project combining the textile industry supply chain and its negative impacts on the environment with a proposal to apply elements of the Planetary Boundaries (PB) framework. The aim of the project is to begin to apply objective measures to one of the planet’s most polluting supply chains. More specifically irrigation techniques and their effects on changes to salinity, local ground water pollution and the use of endocrine disrupting chemicals and their effects on biodiversity.
The goals of the side session are to bring together a team of business and environmental science researchers with organisations who are interested in creating a working group with a textile producer willing to embed the PB framework.. Successfully applying the framework would allow real data to be produced and begin to answer the following questions: What are the safe limits within which the industry should be functioning? How can the planetary boundaries framework assist in providing more specific solutions for textile industry suppliers and producers?
The Health of the Planet: Agroforestry and Land Restoration in the World’s Seasonal and Humid Tropics:
The session will focus initially on the drivers of landscape degradation in very contrasting biomes and environments: Seasonal sub-saharan Africa and the tropical rain forests of Central and South America. The common themes, however, are the human need for subsistence, survival and livelihood within these landscapes; in a context of burgeoning population growth, changing aspirations and increasing climatic violence and uncertainty.
Case studies will be presented to illustrate remedial and regreening technologies in Africa and, in the case of humid tropical America, an agroforestry-based system that was developed on knowledge derived from the functioning of the rainforest itself. In the deployment of agroforestry in support of the need for food-security, sustainable livelihoods and climatic-change resilience, the task that we present to the trees differs widely between these contrasting environments. These differences will be highlighted in the case studies.
Ageing in Planet: The Potential for Synergy and Sustainability in an Ageing World:
Join us to build an alliance that will develop a global framework for action on ageing well in alignment with long-term sustainability and planetary health. Global populations are ageing rapidly with the largest number of older people living in low-income countries. Ageing populations are challenged not only by impacts on health and wellbeing but also face inequality, stigma and vulnerability. Environmental changes will have particular impacts for older people who are already vulnerable on so many levels. Understanding the challenges are critical but we need to go further and re-invent the way we do things and inspire change at community levels.
Disaster-induced displacement and its effects on mental and physical health:
Every year, millions of people are forced to move and leave their homes behind because of climate change, environmental degradation and disasters. There were 24.2 million new internal displacements caused by disasters in 2016. South and East Asia are the regions most affected, but no country is spared. Forced displacement is one of the most traumatic life events a person can experience, with direct impacts on physical and mental health. Whereas disasters-induced displacement is relatively well monitored, estimates of the number of people forced to move because of climate change and environmental degradation are more challenging to obtain. This side event will present the latest findings from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre on the impact of environmental factors on displacement and the relationship between displacement and health. Data collection challenges and innovations, including big data and artificial intelligence tools, will be discussed. Representatives from SOS Children Villages in Haiti will share their experience on the impact of Hurricane Matthew on the health of children and their families. Speakers include: Christelle Cazabat, Researcher, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre; Miange Jean Baptiste, Coordinator IPD / Emergency, SOS Villages d’Enfants Haiti; Ivonne Velasquez, Regional Emergency Adviser for Latin America, SOS Children Village
All afternoon side sessions will take place from 13:30-17:00. Please only register for one event.
Future Earth Health Knowledge-Action Network:
Future Earth is an international research programme. It facilitates research, mobilises networks, sparks innovation, and turns knowledge into action towards transformation to global sustainability, by co-designing research with stakeholders in the society to solve urgent problems in the earth environment and in human society. In order to provide forum for networking and co-implementation, Future Earth has been developing Knowledge-Action Networks (KANs) for interested individuals and groups. Health KAN is one of them, which strongly aims for actualizing the concept of Planetary Health by engaging diverse experts in the society and also in young generations. This side event introduces ongoing processes of Health KAN and discusses on future direction and actions especially with early-career professionals. Anyone who is interested in the interaction of environmental change and human health, in solving derived problems and in roles of scientists and professionals in seeking for solutions are welcome to join this session.
Bridge Collaborative: Working Across Sectors to Advance Planetary Health Solutions:
Designing strategies to address major challenges in planetary health requires integration of diverse bodies of evidence that remain largely segregated. Yet, as actors across the health, development, and environment sectors pivot to act collectively, they face challenges in finding and interpreting evidence on sectoral interrelationships, and thus in developing effective evidence-based responses. In this active, hands-on session, we will tackle this practical issue head on by having participants break into groups to road test methods and tools for cross-sector action planning and evidence evaluation. Groups will focus on topic-specific issues, with topics tailored to the interests of participants. Project teams are encouraged to participate together, when possible. Participants will leave the workshop with new insights about how to improve cross-sector planning efforts to advance their planetary health work.
Leadership and Influence: Advocacy skills for policy engagement in planetary health:
Planetary Health has a far-reaching vision for a healthier society. Achieving our goals will require using evidence generated by researchers to inform policy targets, then leveraging the power of the health voice to generate support from other sectors and influence decision-makers. This side-session will teach a selection of core advocacy skills essential to success with policy engagement, using examples of where change has already been made in service of improved Planetary Health.
Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Systems thinking, capacity building, and participatory action as key tools to foster integrated approach to health in Southeast Asia:
Drastic land use change, unplanned urbanization, intensification of agriculture and farming systems are all contributing to dangerous environmental transformations that, together with biodiversity degradation and climate change, create new health threats for people, animals and the ecosystems we depend on. In particular, Southeast Asia, the fastest growing economy in the world, faces rapid transformations of its socio-ecosystems and experiences complex animal and public health problems that affect its food security.
In the context of global interdependencies, this side event explores such unprecedented challenges for decision makers and researchers proposing concrete tools to enhance synergies between the environmental and health agendas. In line with the planetary health lens, the debate will explore the need for a better dialogue between social and environmental sciences, animal health and public health sectors, and agriculture (including livestock production) in order to promote and manage healthy socio-ecosystems. By exploring specific case studies, it will shed light on the best practices to implement and evaluate One Health actions in ASEAN countries illustrating how this is relevant for the achievement of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals.
This side event is organized by CIRAD and the Global Health Asia Institute, a think tank hosted by the Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University (Thailand), in the framework of MUSE, the “Montpellier University of Excellence” project, and with the participation of the EU COST funded Network for Evaluation of One Health.
Integrating Health Care Systems with Planetary Health in Low-Income Countries: Challenges and Opportunities
The purpose of this side session is to discuss the intersections between planetary health and healthcare delivery and to develop strategies to engage health professionals, policy makers and implementers of the importance of planetary health, as well as strategies for the planetary health community to leverage health systems. The issues of planetary health are especially salient among poor vulnerable populations in low income countries who rely on the natural environment for survival and suffer the highest burden of malnutrition and environmentally transmitted disease. There are three notable loci of intersection: first, social justice and equity place central priority on the wellbeing of each individual, especially the most vulnerable. Second is the role of systems approaches to aligning localized action with national and international policy through bottom-up public-private partnerships. Third is science and data systems for policy interventions that support an evidence-based agenda for action. These themes are important both for delivering health solutions now given the technology at our fingertips, and for creating a healthier environment that will prevent those requiring treatment in the future. What are the structural considerations for the health, energy, transportation, agricultural, and environmental sectors that will be important for reaching these goals? These sectors are linked to human health both functionally and operationally. Long-term change in communities, public systems, and national and international policy will rely on the ways we restructure these interlinked sectors. Based on applications to this side session, we will discuss perspectives from the field and existing programs that are trying to tackle this important area.