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Waking up to the planetary health emergency webinar series

Webinar series running over consecutive Thursday lunchtimes in November and December (times GMT/UTC)

Event details

Open to all. No specialist knowledge required.

Event Information

The profound environmental damage we are inflicting on this planet, our common home, is adversely affecting the health of those alive today. And the damage we have already done will continue to impact on human health and wellbeing for many generations to come. The geo-biological changes we have initiated will persist for many centuries. We are already locked-in to that change. The actions we collectively take in the next few years will not only determine the future for our own species, but the future for the entire biosphere. This is a planetary health emergency.

Join us for this webinar series to learn about and reflect on the most pressing health challenge our species has ever faced. Engage with experts to understand what our individual and collective responsibilities should be and how even small changes may have big effects. The stakes could not be higher. The actions taken by those of us alive today will determine the future health and wellbeing for generations of humanity and the survival of many other species on our planet.

Learning Outcomes

• Understand the concept of planetary health and why the health and wellbeing of all future generations depend on it.

• Understand the vital and transformative role of the health and care sector and recognise the wider societal responsibility we all bear to protect the health and wellbeing of future generations, not just the current generation.

• Give attendees confidence and permission to not only engage with sustainability in health and care, but demand it.

• Inspire action for change at every level in the organisations with which we work and interact.


Recordings of webinar 1webinar 2webinar 3webinar 4webinar 5 and webinar 6 are available online.

Webinar sessions

Specific webpages for each webinar are available via the links below:

Webinar 1

Webinar 2

Webinar 3

Webinar 4

Webinar 5

Webinar 6

Riptide volume 13: Climate Matters

Climate Matters is the Riptide Journal’s thirteenth volume and was produced and published to coincide with the launch of the ‘Waking up to the planetary health emergency’ 2020 webinar series. A burning issue of our time – the climate crisis – is the central theme of this collection of short stories, poetry, images and science writing. Many of the contributors ponder the links between our relentless drive to consume, our disrespect for the natural world and its disastrous effect on the climate and the survival of humanity. In a range of ways they question the role that capitalism plays and the need for a redefinition of what constitutes a good life. COVID-19’s appearance during the selection process means the pandemic and issues of health – both individual and planetary – play their part in the whole.

Download a pdf copy of this publication here.


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