Current Environmental Health Reports

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 397–400 | Cite as

Planetary Health and Population Health: the Anthropocene Requires Different Thinking and Approaches in Serving Public Health

  • Wael K. Al-DelaimyEmail author
Invited Commentary
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The health of humans has been at the forefront and priority of effort of all past, current and future civilizations, but we are now in an age where planetary health is becoming as important as human health because of overuse of the planet’s resources in the Anthropocene, the resulting health impacts of which we are now witnessing. We therefore need to think outside our usual approaches in epidemiology and pursue a paradigm shift towards the boundaries of our sciences and collective wisdom. We need to better understand the seriousness of the risk to human well-being and how we might prepare for it and even attempt to prevent or ameliorate the worst scenarios among the populations who will be impacted the most.

Earlier civilizations have cared for the health of the planet, such as the indigenous populations all over the world and the remnants of their cultures till today, whether American Indians in both South and North America, Maori in New Zealand, or Nomadic Bedouin in the Deserts of...


Planetary health Epidemiology Anthropocene 


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Wael K. Al-Delaimy declares that he has no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Family Medicine and Public HealthUniversity of California San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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