Sustainability and Health: Supporting Global Ecological Integrity in Public Health

Sustainability and Health: Supporting Global Ecological Integrity in Public Health

Sustainability and Health: Supporting Global Ecological Integrity in Public Health

Sustainability and Health: Supporting Global Ecological Integrity in Public Health

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A textbook and reference for public health and health science practitioners that offers a thorough background and practical solutions to the growing field of environmental health.

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The task of public health has always been to interpret and respond to the effects on human health of major social and environmental change. This has been true throughout the development of urbanism, industrialisation, globalisation and now planetary environmental change. With global life-support systems at risk, the role of public health has broadened yet again—this time to addressing the integrity of ecological systems so these continue to support the variety of life on Earth. For perhaps the first time it is imperative that the public health practitioner acts as if the sustainability of the environment were of equal importance with the sustainability of our species. In this chapter the work of the 21st century public health practitioner is placed in the context of the global social, economic and ecological changes of our time. We propose an integrative decision-making framework for the public health practitioner or student to use to critically examine the current conditions of global ecological integrity that are affecting the wellbeing of humankind. The framework incorporates an open learning process as the task requires an open, inclusive and innovative perspective—and humility in not assuming that we know all the answers.

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