Spring 2020 Archive

Wednesday, April 29, 12:00 p.m. CST

Right now, it is easier than ever to see evidence of the systems that tether us all together and, in turn, to the natural world – from our food supply chains to the visible environmental changes unfolding around the planet. As we grapple with a pandemic, how might we approach these connections as a source of strength – and not perceived vulnerability?

Planetary Health is a rising educational framework and field that can lead the way. Propelled to prominence in 2015 by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Lancet, Planetary Health emphasizes  the interdependence of human health and the health of natural systems. The 12 cross-cutting principles of planetary health range from systems thinking to global citizenship – and give us the tools and framework to promote a sustainable future for all.

Join Teddie Potter, Director of Planetary Health for the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, and Cathy Jordan, Associate Director for Leadership & Education at the UMN Institute on the Environment and Research Director for the Children & Nature Network, for a conversation with IonE Director of Communications Julie K. Hanus on:

  • How a planetary health perspective can serve us now
  • What leaders and organizers can learn from the framework
  • What children and young people can learn from the framework – and why they are an important audience
  • And why complexity can be a cause for hope

Monday, May 18,
12:00 p.m. CST

As journalist John Vidal wrote in a recent piece for Ensia, published in partnership with the Guardian, “Only a decade or two ago it was widely thought that tropical forests and intact natural environments teeming with exotic wildlife threatened humans by harboring the viruses and pathogens that lead to new diseases in humans like Ebola, HIV and dengue. But a number of researchers today think that it is actually humanity’s destruction of biodiversity that creates the conditions for new viruses and diseases like COVID-19.”

This People & Planet conversation brings together experts including Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director — Asia, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW); Dominic Travis, of the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota; John Vidal, international journalist and former environment editor at the Guardian; and moderator Todd Reubold, Associate Director, IonE and Publisher, Ensia, to discuss the intersection of biodiversity loss, the global wildlife trade and the emergence of infectious diseases. The discussion will tackle questions such as:

  • What do we know about the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Where are the global hot spots for future outbreaks?
  • What role does the wildlife trade — both legal and illegal — play in the spread of infectious diseases?
  • What can be done to prepare for or prevent the next COVID-19 crisis?
  • And much more!

Stay Tuned: Conversations coming up…

  • Resilient Food Systems