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[Registration Closed] (Webinar) The 107th HGPI Seminar – Planetary Health: What is Planetary Health? – The Concept and Future Challenges (September 5, 2022)

[Registration Closed] (Webinar) The 107th HGPI Seminar – Planetary Health: What is Planetary Health? – The Concept and Future Challenges (September 5, 2022)

Starting in FY2022, Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI) launched a new project aiming to advance discussions on planetary health and contribute to better health for both the Earth and for people.

Until the 1980s, “planetary health” meant exactly what the term suggests: the health of the planet Earth. Around that time, researchers in the field of public health or organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO) were still unaware that climate change and the destruction of the Earth’s systems that support life could also impact human health. However, interest in climate change or our effects on the global environment within the field of healthcare has been growing in recent years, which led to a number of studies starting with the Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on Planetary Health in 2015. The Planetary Health alliance defined planetary health as, “a solution-oriented, interdisciplinary field and social movement concerned with assessing and mitigating the effects of human disruptions to Earth’s natural systems on human health and all species on Earth.” In 2014, the WHO published the “Quantitative Risk Assessment of the Effects of Climate Change on Selected Causes of Death, 2030s and 2050s,” the report estimates that allowing climate change and global warming to continue without effective measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will result in approximately 250,000 additional global deaths per year from 2030 and 2050 (96,000 from undernutrition, 60,000 from malaria, 48,000 from diarrhea, and 38,000 due to heat stroke-related causes). On the topic of greenhouse gasses, a key issue in planetary health, the healthcare sector has been found to be responsible for over 4% of global emissions. A report on emissions by industry in Korea found that emissions for the healthcare sector (not including the pharmaceutical industry) were equal to the food, beverage, and tobacco sector as well as the hospitality and dining sector, so there is a growing need for those in the healthcare sector to make considerations for the environment.

Given these circumstances, what countermeasures should be taken in and around the healthcare sector? The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide examples of countermeasures that have gained wide recognition among the public. The SDGs set targets for 17 areas for both developed and developing countries to meet by 2030 and include targets for health and the environment. While the concept of planetary health includes topics like the sustainability of relationships between humans and nature to create solutions in a manner that is similar to the SDGs, there is insufficient understanding in Japan toward the priority of planetary health and how the two are linked.

 

For the upcoming HGPI Seminar, we will host Professor and Executive Advisor to the President (Planetary Health) Chiho Watanabe of Nagasaki University who will talk about what planetary health is, how it is relevant to the SDGs, and issues for this topic in Japan. Nagasaki University was the first university in Japan to establish a school of planetary health, called the Interfaculty Initiative in Planetary Health, which is working to collaborate across the university to advance planetary health initiatives. In addition to his current activities, Professor Watanabe will also explain the significance of taking interdisciplinary action for planetary health instead of thinking of environmental, economic, and health issues separately.

Please note that this seminar is available in Japanese only. An English report of this event will be published in due course.

 


■Speaker:
Prof. Chiho Watanabe (Professor, School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nagasaki University; Executive Advisor to the President (Planetary Health))

■Date and time:
Monday, September 5, 2022; 19:00-20:30 JST

■Venue:
Zoom Webinar

■Language:
Japanese

■Participation Fee:
Free

■Capacity:
500

 


■Profile:
Prof. Chiho Watanabe (Professor, School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nagasaki University; Executive Advisor to the President (Planetary Health))
Professor Chiho Watanabe graduated from the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine in 1989. He served as Professor of Human Ecology at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine from 2005 to 2017, as President of the National Institute for Environmental Studies from 2017 to 2021, and assumed his current position in 2021. He has been named Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo and is a Doctor of Health Science. His other positions include or have included President, Japanese Society of Health and Human Ecology (2017-present); Chairman, Society of Environmental Science (2021 -present); Associate Member, Section II, Science Council of Japan; former Third Vice President, Society for Human Ecology; and former Chair, Human Ecology Section, Ecological Society of America.


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