Beyond Science and Technology: Creating Planetary Health Needs Not Just ‘Head Stuff’, but Social Engagement and ‘Heart, Gut and Spirit’ Stuff

dc.contributor.authorHancock, Trevor
dc.date.accessioned2019-07-22T16:16:52Z
dc.date.available2019-07-22T16:16:52Z
dc.date.copyright2019en_US
dc.date.issued2019
dc.description.abstractI have been involved in studying and working within what is now called the Anthropocene for almost 50 years, and in all that time, not only have we failed to make much progress, but the state of the Earth’s ecosystems has generally worsened. Yet somehow we must create a world in which everyone on Earth has good health and a good quality of life—a matter of social justice—while living within the physical and ecological constraints of the one small planet that is our home; this is the focus of the new field of planetary health. Our worsening situation is not due to lack of knowledge, science and technology; in broad terms, we knew most of the challenges and many of the needed solutions back in the 1970s. Instead, the challenges we face are social, rooted in cultural values, political ideologies, legal and economic systems, ethical principles and spiritual/religious beliefs. Therefore, we have to move beyond science and technology and address these broader socio-cultural issues by engaging in economic, legal and political work, complementing and supplementing ‘head stuff’ with ‘heart, gut and spirit stuff’, and working from the grass roots up.en_US
dc.description.reviewstatusRevieweden_US
dc.description.scholarlevelFacultyen_US
dc.identifier.citationHancock, T. (2019). Beyond Science and Technology: Creating Planetary Health Needs Not Just ‘Head Stuff’, but Social Engagement and ‘Heart, Gut and Spirit’ Stuff. Challenges, 10(1), 31. https://doi.org/10.3390/challe10010031en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.3390/challe10010031
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1828/10979
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherChallengesen_US
dc.subjectplanetary healthen_US
dc.subjectAnthropoceneen_US
dc.subjectclimate changeen_US
dc.subjectbiodiversity lossen_US
dc.subjectecological crisisen_US
dc.subjectcultural valuesen_US
dc.subjectpolitical ideologiesen_US
dc.subjectlegal and economic systemsen_US
dc.subjectethical principles and spiritual/religious beliefsen_US
dc.titleBeyond Science and Technology: Creating Planetary Health Needs Not Just ‘Head Stuff’, but Social Engagement and ‘Heart, Gut and Spirit’ Stuffen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US

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