Analysing and addressing the impacts of human activities on natural systems, human health and life on Earth is the aim of the Planetary Health European Hub: the European network recently established during a meeting that took place at the ARTIS research centre in Amsterdam.
The initiative involves 72 organizations from 12 countries from sectors including research, universities, policy and associations engaged in tackling climate change.
Co-organized by the Planetary Health Alliance (PHA) and the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils Network (EEAC), the new hub was conceived to focus on the policy, funding, and organizational landscapes that make Europe rich in opportunities for building the transformational change needed to improve planetary health.
Members of the new European network have developed working groups to submit project proposals in research, education, policy, and movement building to support the new hub. Italy’s involvement in the hub is through researchers at the National Research Council’s Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (CNR-ISAC).
“This a unique moment to act,” said Francesca Costabile, who participated in the Amsterdam meeting as coordinator for CNR-ISAC of the macro-area that studies the impacts of natural and human-made events on the environment, health and cultural heritage. “The planetary health crisis can only be tackled by networking.”