What if the earth had a fatal heart attack?

Atul Nakhasi, Daniel M. Croymans, and Jonathan E. Fielding. The Lancet Planetary Health 3(6):E244-E245 (2019).
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…After nearly 50 years of policy advancement since the first Earth Day in 1970, our planet is now under unprecedented assault. Although US policies are not the only contributor, we are far from leading the charge in the right direction. In just the past 2 years alone, our nation has withdrawn from the Paris Agreement, proposed reversal in fuel efficiency standards, and recommended budget cuts to renewable energy research and climate change initiatives.

Progressive causes have long struggled with their inability to overcome academic tendencies and abstract policy prescriptions, failing to galvanise widespread public action. This is especially true for issues with far-removed consequences, such as climate change and chronic disease risks. Current events remind us all of our shared purpose to protect and preserve the health of our planet. We should reflect, refine, and reclaim the techniques and tactics we use to serve this purpose. Ultimately, Earth’s health might depend on a simple metaphor.

Link to full article: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2542-5196(19)30089-0

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