Philanthropy Must Connect the Planet’s Health and Human Health

Originally published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy on May 30, 2018. Hurricanes, air pollution, disease outbreaks — the news is filled with visual evidence of the intricate links between the environment and health. New studies and reports corroborate these global interconnections, emphasizing the fact that our health and the health of the planet are inseparable. […]

It’s Not Rocket Science: Ten Guidelines to Successfully Work Across Sectors

We all nod in agreement when we hear someone say we need to collaborate more. But turning this aspiration into action isn’t as easy as it sounds. This is especially true if you’re trying to get people from different disciplines or sectors – who don’t think or operate in the same ways – to work […]

Why We Need Collaboration and a New Mindset to Prevent the Next Big Disaster

Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston in what is being called the worst storm in US history, and Hurricane Irma battered the Caribbean and Florida immediately after. More than 1,200 people died in India and Bangladesh during the heaviest monsoon rainfall in more than 15 years. Hundreds more were killed when a mudslide caused by heavy rains […]

Why President Trump’s Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement May Actually Help the Planet

As embarrassing as it is to witness the United States pulling out of the Paris agreement on climate change, this move has instigated a much-needed boost for those of us who want to make our planet great again. Overnight, it has become a rallying cry, drawing together nations and people from all walks of life […]

Turning Hardship to Strength – the Promise of Planetary Health

I have to be honest, working in global health and development can be depressing. Thinking of the magnitude of the global problems we face, combined with Western world shifts towards nationalism and populism, I can barely see a light at the end of the tunnel. When these moments of doubt hit, I remind myself that […]

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