By Melvine Otieno
Climate change could not be more real at the Lake Victoria Basin. Negative impacts arising from the management of catchment are clear and they play out right before our eyes at the lake’s ecosystem. The intensive land use as the community’s sole source of income leads to clearance of new sensitive land ( steep slope conserved forest) which makes the land more vulnerable to degradation and overuse. Long-term mono-cropping is evident, leading to the depletion of nutrients from soil. Lake Victoria’s water level has risen highly as a result of the continuous land-use changes caused by the…
January 25, 2021
We live in a world of networks, constellations, communities, and ecosystems. An interconnected and imperiled society that — perhaps now more than ever — requires trustworthy and effective online tools to harness collective values, sensemaking, and action from the local to global scale.
The Planetary Health Alliance (PHA) and Terran Collective are thrilled to announce their purpose-driven partnership to further the development of Hylo: a digital social coordination platform to amplify cooperation among people regenerating communities and the planet. …
Research Fellow, Centre for Global Health, University of Oslo, Norway
PHA Next Gen Member
2020 PHA Campus Ambassador, University of Oslo, Norway
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the capability of microorganisms to persist and continue their life cycle when they are exposed to antimicrobial drugs. Infections caused by AMR organisms are difficult or impossible to treat, resulting in significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. With increased focus on AMR organisms and antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) in the environment, we can better understand and potentially prevent the spread of AMR throughout the environment, animals and humans. AMR is one…
Khadija Hassan, Ambassador | The Community Check-Up
The Community Check-Up is a national organization that works with youth all across the country to raise awareness about environmental health disparities. My journey as an ambassador at The Community Check-Up started through a post on my Instagram feed, when I came upon the application to come onboard as an ambassador. Not thinking much of it, I filled out the application and to my surprise, I got the position. Little did I know, this was about to become one of my greatest accomplishments. Being an ambassador at The Community Check-Up has been rewarding…
Easrat Jahan Esha, Planetary Health Campus Ambassador
Intern Doctor ( Doctor of Veterinary Medicine)
Chattogram Veterinary and Animal sciences University, Bangladesh
A pandemic is a type of epidemic, an outbreak of a disease that occurs in an exceptionally high proportion of the population. Today a large scale of economic and trade interactions creates an open channel among different countries which generates more ways for pandemics to spread.
Humanity as a whole has never been more well equipped, or had better technology. However, the bigger question is whether all these technologies are capable of beating the pandemic. The recent COVID-19 incident…
Erin Devlin, Planetary Health Alliance Intern
MPH Candidate, Oregon State University
The first thing I do when I wake up these days is check the fire map and the AQI (air quality index) for my home and the places near us. We left our house in Milwaukie, Oregon as the Riverside Fire in our county continued to grow, due less to the danger that the fire would reach us and more to the inability to keep the heavy smoke from seeping into our house and into our toddler’s lungs. Not everyone has had the privilege to leave our area, and…
Aminat Adebayo, University of Ibadan
Planetary Health Campus Ambassador
Hello there! My name is Aminat Adebayo, and I’m a Planetary Health Campus Ambassador at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. One of my greatest personal achievements this year has been becoming a part of this tremendous community. The Planetary Health Alliance Community not only encourages diversity, but also enables individuals to work hand in hand to make the earth a better place to live in.
BECOMING A PLANETARY HEALTH CAMPUS AMBASSADOR
I am an environmental health enthusiast, and am passionate about making the environment healthier and safer.. In college I took…
Oisín Brady Bates, M.D | Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
As I retrospectively write this blog post from the depths of lockdown in Dublin, Ireland, Ireflect on the discrepancy between what I assumed the role of a planetary health campus ambassador would entail when I initially applied for this role compared to how it has over the past few months of pandemic, quarantine and lockdown.
When this role first began I endeavoured to undertake activities that aligned with my definition of what the word “ambassador” meant. An ambassador, in my mind, was someone who could deftly insert themselves into…
Elise Dally & Josi Karle-Bhat
A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.
We — Elise, with a background in Religious Studies and Anthropology, and Josi, an Environmental Planner and Landscape Architect — believe in the power of our dreams. Together as Public Health students at the Charité Berlin, we are working passionately to make the great transformation for a healthy planet a reality.
Warren G. Lavey and Holly A. Rosencranz University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Five undergraduate students walk into a classroom (in person or virtually):
(1) a sophomore majoring in education who cares about climate change but expects that her education courses will not address this topic;
(2) a senior majoring in civil engineering whose professors discuss preparing infrastructure for extreme weather events and rising sea levels without mentioning any health impacts of climate change;
(3) a senior involved in several campus sustainability efforts who signs petitions but does not engage in other actions aimed at governments;
Generating better understanding of the links between accelerating global environmental change and human health to support policy making and public education