Listen Again | 51: The Planet is Our Patient
The health of our planet is in serious condition. Climate change is anticipated to result in increasingly warmer global temperatures, more extreme weather events, and rising sea levels. Without accelerated intervention and broad scale innovation across all economic sectors, we face devastating effects on global water and food supplies, critical infrastructure and supply chains, physical and mental health, and a less certain future. Understanding the impacts of climate change on human health is vitally important for the global population. You can’t have healthy people without a healthy environment; something that health professionals today increasingly understand. Just as nurses are skilled at turning around a health crisis that humans can experience — they’re also well trained and ideally positioned for addressing the critical condition of our planet. In this episode we meet Teddie Potter, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director of Planetary Health for the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota and learn how nurses can and are reducing greenhouse emissions, find out why educating girls is key to a healthier planet, and discover who the best intergenerational storytellers are for helping us understand our relationship to and stewardship of the planet and where to innovate to improve its health.
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