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Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health recognizes that human health and the health of
our planet are inextricably linked, and that our civilization depends on human health, flourishing
natural systems, and the wise stewardship of natural resources. With natural systems being degraded
to an extent unprecedented in human history, both our health and that of our planet are in peril.
With this in mind, The Rockefeller Foundation and UNFCCC secretariat launched a new, three-year
project that will shine a light on solutions to balance the need for both human health and a
healthy planet starting in 2017.
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Apply for the 2017 Momentum for Change Awards!
Is your organization implementing novel solutions that balance the need for both human health and a
healthy planet.? If so, we want to hear from you. Apply for a 2017 Momentum for Change Award today!
Learn more and apply online here.
Momentum for Change: Planetary Health
for Change: Planetary Health will recognize and showcase novel solutions by communities,
cities, companies, NGOs and other institutions that balance the need for healthy communities with
stewardship of natural ecosystems.
The Paris Climate Change Agreement explicitly links climate action with a healthier environment
– from cleaner air and reduced risks of extreme heatwaves to keeping in check the spread of
One well-known impact of human behavior is the changing climate, which is altering the pattern of
diseases, mortality, human settlements, food, water, and sanitation. Climate change brings
increasing temperatures, rising seas, and more frequent incidence of severe storms. Known human
impacts include flooding that can increase risks of water-related illnesses as well as vector-borne
illnesses; an impact on food production – both in terms of increased drought cycles and
diminished micronutrients in staple crops; and the pollutants that are tied to carbon emissions
(and climate change) are also detrimental to human health. Today, there is greater mortality
globally due to air pollution than because of HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.
Planetary health is a new field, and one that needs ideas and solutions that span multiple sectors
and disciplines to guide the creative stewardship of our planet to protect our own health. Momentum
for Change: Planetary Health will show how communities are creating new ways use the planet’s
resources wisely to protect their health – ways that can serve as a model for
Recognizing Health-Focused Solutions
From 30 January to 9 April 2017, people, institutions and companies can submit examples of how
health-focused solutions address climate change and build resilience. The most inspiring,
innovative and successful activities will be selected as Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities,
which will be recognized and celebrated during the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in