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World Health Day: our planet, our health

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On this World Health Day the World Health Organization(WHO) asks the questions: 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, and; where cities are liveable and people have control over their health and the health of the planet?

WHO says that in the midst of a pandemic, a polluted planet, increasing diseases like cancer, asthma, heart disease, on World Health Day 2022, they will focus global attention on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create societies focused on well-being.

13 million environmental deaths each year

The WHO estimates that more than 13 million deaths around the world each year are due to avoidable environmental causes. This includes the climate crisis which is the single biggest health threat facing humanity. The climate crisis is also a health crisis.

The WHO also says that our political, social and commercial decisions are driving the climate and health crisis. Over 90 percent of people breathe unhealthy air resulting from burning of fossil fuels. A heating world is seeing mosquitos spread diseases farther and faster than ever before. Extreme weather events, land degradation and water scarcity are displacing people and affecting their health. Pollution and plastics are found at the bottom of our deepest oceans, the highest mountains, and have made their way into our food chain. Systems that produce highly processed, unhealthy foods and beverages are driving a wave of obesity, increasing cancer and heart disease while generating a third of global greenhouse gas emissions.

The healing power of science

The WHO says that while the COVID-19 pandemic showed us the healing power of science, it also highlighted the inequities in our world. The pandemic has revealed weaknesses in all areas of society and underlined the urgency of creating sustainable well-being societies committed to achieving equitable health now and for future generations without breaching ecological limits.

WHO says that the present design of the economy leads to inequitable distribution of income, wealth and power, with too many people still living in poverty and instability. A well-being economy has human well-being, equity and ecological sustainability as its goals. These goals are translated into long-term investments, well-being budgets, social protection and legal and fiscal strategies. Breaking these cycles of destruction for the planet and human health requires legislative action, corporate reform and individuals to be supported and incentivized to make healthy choices.

 

 


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  1. The World Health Organization is the worst organization to get advice from on Health Issues of any kind!It’s like asking your Beautician to fix your car!They are completely corrupted Organisation largely financed by Bill Gates etc.and are mainly run by people close to the pharmaceutical industry!They should be disbanded worldwide and all their power taken away,they are seriously dangerous,a wolf in sheep’s clothing,absolutely despicable 😢

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