ABOUT THE MEETING
Bridging Communities to Achieve the Great Transition
WHAT IS PLANETARY HEALTH?
Planetary health is a transdisciplinary and solutions-oriented frame for understanding and addressing the greatest challenges of our time: the transformation and degradation of Earth's biodiversity and natural systems, and its interconnected impacts on human health and all life on our shared planet.
You can learn more about the scientific field, social movement, and transdisciplinary framework that is planetary health at the Planetary Health Alliance's website—planetaryhealthalliance.org—or by taking a FREE course on planetary health created by Saude Planetaria and hosted by Telessaude. The course is currently available in Portuguese and is being translated to English with the help of staff and volunteers from the PHA. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date on the January course launch!
Achieving a world and new development paradigm where all people thrive by protecting and regenerating Earth’s natural systems for generations to come will take all of us. It requires a comprehensive shift in human activities across all sectors of society, and in our relationships with Nature and with each other—what we call the Great Transition (attend the PHAM to learn more about the GT!)
WHAT'S THE THEME OF THE 4TH ANNUAL MEETING?
The theme of the 4th Planetary Health Annual Meeting is Planetary health for all: Bridging communities to achieve the Great Transition. Each day of the meeting is grounded in a diverse theme and objective, which include: highlighting collective planetary health values; cross-pollinating planetary health knowledge, education, and technology; showcasing change-making science, stories, solutions, and communities; and building systemic solutions across economics, governance, and civil society. See the schedule here!
All are invited to this virtual convening of scientists, youth, policymakers, educators, private sector, artists, and more to learn about the complexities of planetary health science, find community, seek solutions, and build skills for action and change!
WHAT IS "PLANETARY HEALTH WEEK?"
Like you, we believe that our care for the Earth shouldn't wane after Earth Day. That's why April 25-30, 2021 will mark the first-ever Planetary Health Week to sustain the global momentum cultivated during Earth Week and highlight the health impacts of global environmental change.
Additionally, going virtual has allowed us to expand programming across an entire week; this means shorter days with a more concentrated dose of planetary health (and a lower carbon footprint!). As the saying goes: "Go big or go home," and since we're already quarantined at home, we decided to go big and declare the last week of April Planetary Health Week forevermore ! PHW 2021 will also conclude with the launch of the São Paulo Declaration on Planetary Health—a call-to-action that we will co-create throughout the conference and festival.
So what events will happen during PHW? In addition to the PHAM's customary conference program featuring planetary health science, policy, and practice, this year's meeting will also include a PHW Festival to celebrate the expanded global reach of our first virtual PHAM. Diverse artistic and cultural planetary health perspectives will be showcased from around the world—from visual art and performance, to music and meditation. We also encourage individuals and communities to celebrate PHW by being extra mindful of their personal planetary health and impact on the Earth; which, drawing from the momentum and commitments of Earth Week, can ensure PHW is all about sustainable and lasting ways to incorporate planetary health into your lifestyle and community!
More on the festival coming soon! We can't wait to showcase our community's vibrant planetary health perspectives.
WHO IS ORGANIZING THIS MEETING?