A call for urgent action to safeguard our planet and our health in line with the helsinki declaration

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Halonen , J I , Erhola , M , Furman , E , Haahtela , T , Jousilahti , P , Barouki , R , Bergman , Å , Billo , N E , Fuller , R , Haines , A , Kogevinas , M , Kolossa-Gehring , M , Krauze , K , Lanki , T , Vicente , J L , Messerli , P , Nieuwenhuijsen , M , Paloniemi , R , Peters , A , Posch , K-H , Timonen , P , Vermeulen , R , Virtanen , S M , Bousquet , J & Antó , J M 2021 , ' A call for urgent action to safeguard our planet and our health in line with the helsinki declaration ' , Environmental Research , vol. 193 , 110600 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2020.110600

Title: A call for urgent action to safeguard our planet and our health in line with the helsinki declaration
Author: Halonen, Jaana I.; Erhola, Marina; Furman, Eeva; Haahtela, Tari; Jousilahti, Pekka; Barouki, Robert; Bergman, Åke; Billo, Nils E.; Fuller, Richard; Haines, Andrew; Kogevinas, Manolis; Kolossa-Gehring, Marike; Krauze, Kinga; Lanki, Timo; Vicente, Joana Lobo; Messerli, Peter; Nieuwenhuijsen, Mark; Paloniemi, Riikka; Peters, Annette; Posch, Karl-Heinz; Timonen, Pekka; Vermeulen, Roel; Virtanen, Suvi M.; Bousquet, Jean; Antó, Josep M.
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare
University of Helsinki, Päijät-Häme Welfare Consortium
University of Helsinki, HUS Inflammation Center



Date: 2021-02
Language: eng
Number of pages: 8
Belongs to series: Environmental Research
ISSN: 0013-9351
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2020.110600
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/329134
Abstract: In 2015, the Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission launched a report introducing a novel approach called Planetary Health and proposed a concept, a strategy and a course of action. To discuss the concept of Planetary Health in the context of Europe, a conference entitled: “Europe That Protects: Safeguarding Our Planet, Safeguarding Our Health” was held in Helsinki in December 2019. The conference participants concluded with a need for action to support Planetary Health during the 2020s. The Helsinki Declaration emphasizes the urgency to act as scientific evidence shows that human activities are causing climate change, biodiversity loss, land degradation, overuse of natural resources and pollution. They threaten the health and safety of human kind. Global, regional, national, local and individual initiatives are called for and multidisciplinary and multisectorial actions and measures are needed. A framework for an action plan is suggested that can be modified for local needs. Accordingly, a shift from fragmented approaches to policy and practice towards systematic actions will promote human health and health of the planet. Systems thinking will feed into conserving nature and biodiversity, and into halting climate change. The Planetary Health paradigm ‒ the health of human civilization and the state of natural systems on which it depends ‒ must become the driver for all policies.
Subject: Air pollution
Chemical pollution
Climate change
Nature
Planetary health
Urbanization
AIR-POLLUTION
DISEASES
ALLERGY
ENVIRONMENTAL BIODIVERSITY
EXPOSURE
3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
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