The Park Doctor Blog

A curation of the latest articles, news and thought pieces on planetary health, protected areas, and the links between conservation and medicine.

Protect half the Earth for a healthy future

How much of the Earth do we need to protect from farming, development and settlement to ensure the future of health of both ourselves and our planet? And how are we doing so far?  The Global Deal for Nature calls for half of our planet to be set aside to protect...

Planetary Health isn’t a new concept

“Planetary health isn’t a “new discipline”; it is merely an extension of a concept that was understood by our ancestors, and remains the vocation of all healthcare providers. Discourse on the topic requires cultural competency, critical consciousness and a greater appreciation of marginalized voices.”

The man who saved a forest

Protected Areas are a cornerstone of eco-conservation, allowing areas of pristine wilderness to be protected from the pressures of farming and other industrial land uses in order to conserve the fauna and flora that depend on the natural habitat for their survival....

British soldier killed during anti-poaching patrol

Matthew Talbot was 22 when he died. He was a volunteer from the British Army, devoting his time to protecting elephants in Malawi against poachers who have halved their population in recent years. He is believed to have been deployed in Liwonde National Park when the...

EAT-Lancet Planetary Health Diet

The EAT-Lancet commission on diet was formed of over 30 experts across medicine, diet and planetary health. Their goal was to come up with dietary recommendations that will allow us to sustain our growing human population, but reduce our impact on a planet that is...

1 in 7 Wildlife Rangers Seriously Injured

Violence, murder, danger, discomfort, illness. Remote placement, minimal equipment, limited communications, limited support. Poor pay, little recognition. This sounds like the sort of job description that would send most people running. Add to it new statistics: 1 in...

Physician’s Social Responsibility

In an article entitled Physician's Social Responsibility, Catherine Thomasson writes: Health professionals have the skills to be excellent advocates. They are trained to seek causes of illness and demand evidence to evaluate treatments. This leads them to understand...