2021 Planetary Health Annual Meeting and




The theme of the conference will be Planetary Health for All: Bridging Communities to Achieve the Great Transition. Why? Because we understand that all voices need to be heard in order to ensure the planet, its natural systems, and all life thrives for generations to come. We are all part of the solution and therefore we need contributions from all parts of the globe to inspire our endeavor of Bridging Communities to Achieve the Great Transition. 


The Great Transition is a fundamental shift in how people and human systems – political, economic, and social – interact to shape the highest attainable standards for the health of humanity and the state of Earth’s natural systems. It will require a transition to a new set of values that incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion of all people as well as respect, appreciation and recognition that the health of people are dependent on Nature. 

The information below is a high level summary of all of the conference's side events. Full details and descriptions can be found on the schedule within the conference's online platform, which is accessible once attendees have registered. Register here to access this information, begin signing up for events, and more! If you have already registered, access the platform.

Preconference - Sunday April 25th: Pre-Conference Networking Day

8:45 - 10:45, BRT: SE55 - Uniting African and Planetary Communities for a Healthy and Sustainable Earth: a Participatory Dialogue to Promote Diverse Partnerships.


13:30 - 15:00, BRT: SE06 - PHA Regional Hubs 2.0 Introduction & Launch.

15:30 - 17:00, BRT: SE14 - Clinicians for Planetary Health (C4PH) - Trusted Voices, Trusted Message.

17:30 - 19:00, BRT: SE52 - Hylo Side Session

Day 1 - Monday April 26th: Foundational Values for Planetary Health

8:00 - 9:30, BRT: SE19 - A Symposium on the Therapeutic Use of Poetry and Music in Climate Change and Health Education in Nigeria. 

16:00 - 17:30, BRT: SE44 - The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: regional responses.

17:00 - 17:50, BRT: SE39 - Small but Resilient- The Caribbean Response to Planetary Health Problems

18:00 - 19:30, BRT: SE15 - Nurses are Here! A Global Planetary Movement

19:00 - 20:30, BRT: SE12 - The Unprecedented Planetary Health Emergency of Committed Global Climate Change and Essential Responses.

21:00 - 22:30, BRT: SE04 - Oceania - Building bridges to cross the Planetary Health Chasm

Day 2 - Tuesday April 27th: Knowledge for Planetary Health

9:00 - 9:45, BRT: SE65 - Digital Technologies and Access to Equitable Healthcare: available data and the future of telehealth adoption in Brazil

9:00 - 10:30, BRT: SE20 - A Planetary Health Blind Spot: Revealing the Potential of Women and the Global South to Safeguard Nature.

9:00 - 10:30, BRT: SE32 - Citizen science: an approach to promote Planetary Health.


9:15 - 10:45, BRT: SE03 - The Future of Planetary Health Education.

9:45 - 10:15, BRT: SE35 - SARS Cov2 in the Sewage - State of the Knowledge.

9:45 - 10:45, BRT: SE54 - Sustainable Diets and Food Systems Hub.

10:00 - 10:45, BRT: SE66 - COVID-19 & Internet Traffic in Brazil

10:15 - 10:45, BRT: SE34 - Escassez Hidrica nos Grandes Centros Urbanos.

15:00 - 16:00, BRT: SE38 - Sustainable Aging and Planetary Health.

15:00 - 16:00, BRT: SE27 - An introduction to technology and innovation for planetary health: exploring a case example of food security and farmer sustainability

15:00 - 16:30, BRT: SE05 - Ecosystem health education: Teaching leadership and SDGs through team-based assignments.

15:00 - 16:30, BRT: SE56 - Hope for Diversity: Healing Ourselves and Planet Earth through Planetary Health Friendship.

16:45 - 17:45, BRT: SE05A - Ecosystem health education: Student film festival showcase.

19:30 - 20:30, BRT: SE10 - Deconstructing climate misinformation to identify reasoning errors.

Day 3 - Wednesday April 28th: Reconstructing Economies for Present & Future Generations

8:00 - 8:30, BRT: SE21 - Lagos Air Quality Monitoring.

8:45 - 10:45, BRT: SE13 - Global Health and Planetary Health: perspectives for a transition to a more sustainable world.

9:00 - 10:30, BRT: SE11 - Food supply chain and planetary health challenges.

9:30 - 10:30, BRT: SE61 - The change we need in Health and Quality of Life in the largest city of Brazil

10:00 - 10:45, BRT: SE67 - Digital inclusion and the response to COVID-19: new evidence and policy issues

15:00 - 15:30, BRT: SE43 - A review of the evidence in support of Green "Prescriptions" by healthcare clinicians as a low- cost, effective intervention in disease prevention and in the care of chronic illnesses.

15:00 - 16:30, BRT: SE57 - Children and Planetary Health: Collaboratively Connecting and Uniting for Healthy Children and a Healthy Planet.

15:00 - 16:30, BRT: SE28 - PHA Living Labs Workshop

16:00 - 17:30, BRT: SE16 - Trans-disciplinary Collaborations for planetary health: Focus on climate change effect mitigation on human health, in the lens of SDGs number 3, 11 and 17.

18:00 - 19:30, BRT: SE59 - Indigenous Values and Principles, and Planetary Health.

Day 4 - Thursday April 29th: Governance & Cooperation

3:00 - 3:15, BRT: The importance of the use of cultural spaces in the peripheral areas east of São Paulo: Mental Health for Young People.


9:00 - 10:30, BRT: SE08 - PHAM Evaluating Student Knowledge Exchange through immersive international experiences.

9:30 - 10:30, BRT: SE33 - Brazilian Planetary Health Club: Reflections and tips on building a PH Club.

15:00 - 15:15 BRT: SE24 - The importance of the use of cultural spaces in the peripheral areas east of São Paulo: Mental Health for Young People

15:00 - 16:30, BRT: SE40 - A Planetary Health approach to the Covid-19 Pandemic: Lessons from Indonesia, Madagascar, and Brazil.

16:00 - 17:00, BRT: SE42 - Blockchain for Good - using technology for addressing climate.


16:00 - 18:00, BRT: SE51 - The Earth is Blue: Health of Marine Ecosystems in the South American Atlantic and Antarctic Oceans: Ecological and Social Implication.

16:30 - 18:00, BRT: SE47 - An urgent discussion: Should family doctors consider being more assertive about advising their patients to cut down on red meat?

17:00 - 18:30, BRT: SE01 - What would be a capacity building process in Planetary Health? Which contents? Which skills? Which attitudes?

20:00 - 21:00, BRT: SE46 - Reflections on Global Grief in COVID-19

21:00 - 23:00, BRT: SE60 - Panorama de datos sobre Salud Planetaria en Panamá (in Spanish)

Day 5 - Friday April 30th: Social Movements & Social Change

8:45 - 10:45, BRT: SE02 - Social Sciences for Planetary Health.

9:00 - 10:00, BRT: SE26 - Climate change and human health - from knowledge to action.

9:00 - 10:30, BRT: SE50 - Scaling up Planetary Health Awareness and Practices for Transformative Action among the Eastern African Community.

9:00 - 10:30, BRT: SE09 - Neighborhood assistance - a chance to create healthy and sustainable cities.

9:15 - 10:45, BRT: SE22 - 2020 PHCA Program: Showcasing Projects and Initiatives.

10:00 - 10:20, BRT: SE68 - Solar World Cinema

15:00 - 16:00, BRT: SE37 - Planting the seeds for planetary health YOUTH by YOUTH.

15:00 - 16:30, BRT: SE45 - Creating feasible and effective pathways to a healthy, zero-carbon world. Evidence from real-world scenarios.

16:00 - 17:00, BRT: SE41 - How Radically Listening to communities is addressing the climate and nature crisis: Results from proof of concept site for Health In Harmony.

17:00 - 18:00, BRT: SE62 - Building bridges between science and society: how can parenting and family activism contribute to advance the climate agenda?