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Ecosystem health and human health: healthy planet, healthy living

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Vasseur, L.; Schaberg, P. G.; Hounsell, J.; Ang, P. O., Jr.; Cote, D.; et. al.

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2002

Publication

In: Costanza, Robert; Jorgensen, Sven Erik, eds. Understanding and Solving Environmental Problems in the 21st Century; Toward a new, integrated hard problem science. New York, NY: Elsevier: 189-219.

Abstract

The links between human health and ecosystem health are clear for many people but inaction to bring a balance between the two is still omnipresent among decisionmakers and certain parts of our societies. There is a need for concerted efforts to first educate and inform all people in the world about these links and the fragility of the ecosystems in which we live. While some ecosystems might be able to restore their health without human interventions, it is clear that others may need our help. There are several potential solutions, the challenge being to engage the world in the implementation of these actions. This chapter explores some of these solutions and potential actions. These priority actions were in many cases proposed by the discussion group at the EcoSummit. There was a strong recognition of these priorities. The discussion group passed a resolution on conserving, protecting, and enhancing ecosystem health and human health. The main goal of our society should be towards a healthy planet and healthy living.

Citation

Vasseur, L.; Schaberg, P. G.; Hounsell, J.; Ang, P. O., Jr.; Cote, D.; et. al. 2002. Ecosystem health and human health: healthy planet, healthy living. In: Costanza, Robert; Jorgensen, Sven Erik, eds. Understanding and Solving Environmental Problems in the 21st Century; Toward a new, integrated hard problem science. New York, NY: Elsevier: 189-219.

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