Current models of industrialization and consumption are eroding biodiversity, degrading the environment, and impacting the ability of ecosystems to support human communities. Climate change and other environmental challenges are creating a health crisis of planetary dimension, with impacts falling disproportionately on vulnerable and historically marginalized populations.
Comprehensively understanding the linkages between the environment and human health allows us to design policies and systems that account for the true costs of environmental degradation and conservation.
The field of human and planetary health brings together perspectives from environmental sciences, public health, systems thinking, and other disciplines to achieve breakthroughs and find solutions. Our working group builds on a vibrant community of engaged faculty, staff, and students. More than 70 faculty and Stanford leaders across campus are active in human and planetary health and student engagement is high in all our work.
Human & planetary health recognizes the health of people and the planet as critical to a sustainable future. Reaching across the university and beyond, we aim to investigate and address these interdependencies to create and preserve a livable future
•Climate & health: Using climate science to protect communities against extreme weather, wildfires, and other impacts of climate change.
•Pollution & health: Envisioning restructured industries that manage ocean, land, and air pollution, support health, and build resilient economies.
•Ecology & infectious disease: Creating solutions that protect and restore ecosystems to reduce emergence of disease-causing pathogens.
•Food, health & the environment: Developing food systems that support livelihoods, mitigate climate change, and promote health – on land and at sea.
Stanford Program for Disease Ecology, Health, and the Environment, Stanford Sean N Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research, Stanford Environmental Justice Working Group, Stanford Climate, Health, and Equity Task Force, Stanford Existential Risks Initiative, Stanford Climate and Health, Emergence, Luby Lab, Mordecai Lab
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