Our Planet, Our Health

 

 

Are we able to reimagine a world where clean air, water and food are available to all?

Where economies are focused on health and well-being?

Where cities are liveable and people have control over their health and the health of the planet?

 

Each World Health Day, a theme is chosen that highlights an area of priority concern for WHO. This year, in the face of the Covid pandemic, a polluted planet and an increasing incidence of diseases, the theme for World Health Day 2022 is ‘Our Planet, Our Health’.

Our planet and our health are interrelated. For our health and well-being to strive we need:

  • Access to clean water

  • Clean air

  • Nutritious food

  • Mental and physical well-being

  • Accessible health services

Our actions are depleting and polluting our natural resources- creating a crisis that threatens our health and very existence. The impact of climate change examples:

  • Floods

  • Forest fires

  • Droughts

  • Heavy rainfall

  • Rise in temperature

Our ever expanding unplanned cities, changing food habits, unhealthy lifestyle are contributing to the growing numbers of people affected by life threatening diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and many more.

These sufferings, impact our health and livelihood. Today, climate change has emerged as the single biggest threat to ourselves and the planet. Around 13 million lives are lost every year to avoidable environmental causes. We must act now for “Our planet, Our Health”

To find out more and how we can help reduce climate change and improve our health, watch this useful videa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iNThXc0do4

And visit the WHO website: www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2022