Planetary Health Initiatives
The ecosystems that support human and other species’ health are under severe strain in the Anthropocene Epoch – including global heating that has been named the existential crisis of our time.
To address this, the UN’s IPCC says that massive social changes must occur by 2030. Nurses and midwives are first responders and crucial to ensuring that healthcare operates with a lighter environmental impact as well as delivering health needs in the face of extreme weather, disease shifts, pollution, nutrition changes, and displaced populations.
These planetary health issues are the key drivers of human health and social integrity of our era, and action is needed now.
In response to this call, Yale School of Nursing (YSN) has launched a Planetary Health Initiative. This effort focuses and leverages our science, teaching, leadership, and practice to ensure ‘better health for all people…and the planet.’ In doing so we join efforts across Yale and the globe. Our work includes: