Planetary health is a nascent concept focused on the interdependence of human, animal, and environmental health. It offers a new way to solve global problems, such as pollution and global food security, by balancing the health of our planet with human advancement.
Panorama is motivated by the audacious and visionary concept of planetary health. It represents a tremendous opportunity to solve the biggest health and environmental problems of today.
We are focused on advancing planetary health through advocacy and partnership development. We aim to strengthen and grow a network of like-minded people and organizations inspired by the potential of planetary health.
We seek to raise awareness of the concept, improve understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the advancement of planetary health, and identify ways to move from concept to practical action. Ultimately, we envision the concept of planetary health being translated into a framework for business and policy decision making, which better balances human advancement with environmental sustainability.
Our current work on planetary health is supported through a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation.
CONVERSATIONS ON PLANETARY HEALTH SERIES
The Panorama Perspectives: Conversations on Planetary Health report series aims to inspire new thinking, conversations, and engagement with planetary health and other integrated concepts. Collaboration and open knowledge-sharing across sectors are necessary to solve the complex global challenges we face today.
The series is made up of five reports, as follows see below for download):
- Planetary Health 101: Information and Resources – A starter guide for planetary health with key background information, resources, and opportunities to get involved
- The Planetary Health Landscape: From Concept to Action – The current state of planetary health and recommendations on engaging public- and private-sector decision makers
- Global Policy Opportunities for Planetary Health: A Review of Existing Policy Frameworks – A review of global policy frameworks aligned with planetary health and recommendations on immediate entry points to influence policymakers
- Issue and Policy Intersections for Planetary Health: Finding National Entry Points – Identification of countries that may be more interested in planetary health due to experience with cross-sector challenges and commitment to relevant global goals. Co-authored with The Rockefeller Foundation.
- The Philanthropic Funding Landscape for Integrating Health and Environment –
The existing landscape of global, philanthropic donors working to integrate human health and the environment, and practical ways to help increase cross-sector funding.
About Planetary Health
Today, we live healthier and more prosperous lives than ever before, due to the unparalleled socio-economic advances of the 20th century.
Yet our tremendous progress is taking a heavy toll on the Earth’s natural systems. Through unsustainable, inequitable, and inefficient patterns of resource consumption and technological development, plus immense population growth, we are degrading nature’s systems. And these are the systems that we rely on for our health.
Thus, we are mortgaging our health, and the health of our children, to realize short-term economic and development gains.
Environmental decline is already causing substantial health risks, such as reduction of food security and nutrition, loss of freshwater resources, higher exposure to communicable disease, increase of non-communicable disease, and extreme weather events related to climate change.
It is up to us to take urgent, collaborative action to address these issues. The longer we forgo action, the more we risk reversing recent global health gains and furthering the degradation of our world’s natural systems.
With a broader view of health, that acknowledges the connections between people and our planet, we can course-correct and improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities around the world.
Planetary health draws together people from across global health, development, environmentalism, and veterinary health to find better ways to solve big problems and collectively advocate for policies that balance the health of people with the health of our planet.
A planetary health approach supports the achievement of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Paris Climate Agreement, and the Sustainable Development Goals. All of which recognize the importance of cross-sector, global coordination to solve complex challenges.