In the presence of accelerating global environmental change, health professionals around the world are sounding the alarm, acknowledging that it’s not just the health of our natural systems that are at stake – we’re also risking our own health and that of future generations. Following the 2019 Season of Creation and New York City’s Climate Week, Blessed Tomorrow, Climate for Health, the Planetary Health Alliance, the Center for the Study of World Religions, and the Harvard Divinity School hosted a discussion with faith leaders and health professionals focused on the moral imperatives of taking action on planetary health.
In this webinar, health professionals illuminate the current environmental crisis, highlighting how climate change, biodiversity loss, global pollution, and other factors are putting us at risk of disease, malnutrition, injury, mental health challenges, and other threats to our health and wellbeing. Recognizing the urgency of these issues, several speakers discuss how we can safeguard our health and promote social justice by mobilizing communities to take environmental action. This webinar provides a setting for faith leaders to learn about these challenges and their direct health impacts and moral implications.