The Lancet Planetary Health has published a call for more articles on the concept of Civilisational Health. As they put it:

“It is useful to think of civilisational health in terms of a more familiar and somewhat less grandiose term: sustainability. Analogous to human health, but on a much greater scale, sustainability is the ability of a society to make choices that are beneficial to its long-term survival.”

In short, although investigations into the direct effects of climate change on human health are valuable, the ‘bigger picture’ looking at connections between humans and the natural systems we are intertwined with are needed to further the impact medicine can make to this conservation crisis. It’s imperative that we understand as much about this as we can if doctors are to lead informed decision making, and the right actions, on the wellbeing of the planet as a whole.

Read the full article: The bigger picture of planetary health