Laudato Si' Common Care for Our Common Home
Laudato Si' Common Care for Our Common Home

Laudato Si and Planetary Health

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Planetary Health Introduction

"In calling to mind the figure of Saint Francis of Assisi, we come to realize that a healthy relationship with creation is one dimension of overall personal conversion, which entails the recognition of our errors, sins, faults and failures, and leads to heartfelt repentance and desire to change (Laudato Si 218").


Planetary health has been defined as “the health of human civilization and the state of the natural systems on which it depends”1. The Planetary Health Alliance (PHA) is a consortium of universities, NGOs and other partners with a shared mission—supporting the growth of a rigorous, policy-focused, transdisciplinary field of applied research aimed at understanding and addressing the human health implications of accelerating anthropogenic change in the structure and function of Earth’s natural systems.


"With unplanned but powerful convergence, Pope Francis released his “On Care for Our Common Home” encyclical on environment and health around the same time (Francis 2015)."2

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Catholic Initiatives for Planetary Health

Initiatives of the Order of Camillians, Superior General Fr. Leocir Pessini (1995-2019)


‘To reach a state of planetary health a new vision will be needed of how we define our place on the planet. A new narrative will reject the consumerist dogma – which sees the achievement of happiness as being through an infinite race to purchase – and embraces the values that we all know. What makes us truly happy is the time that we spend with the people that we love, being connected and belonging to a specific place and community, feeling ourselves connected to something greater than ourselves and taking care of each other’. We need add nothing else than to admire and revere this vision of ‘science with wisdom’ and say ‘let it be so’! We have before us an urgent moment when we should begin to be constructive actors of another possible world, with our innovative activity involving responsible care for life and human and planetary health! This is the ethical moral imperative of everyone – without exceptions.(Father Leocir Pessini, Superior General of the Order of Camillians 2018)

Father Leocir Pessini was born on 14 May 1955 in Joaçaba, a city in the State of Santa Caterina in Brazil. His family had Italian origins.In June 2014 the 48th General Chapter of the Order of Camillians elected him the Superior General of the Order, the sixtieth successor of St. Camillus de Lellis. He visited all the communities of the Order and met his confreres at all latitudes (39 nations), sharing their difficulties and hopes in the great challenge of embodying the charism of care for the sick and teaching others to do the same!.
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Planetary Health -  Pontifical Academy of Science Discussion

Health of People, Health of Planet and Our Responsibility Climate Change, Air Pollution and Health

Health of People, Health of Planet and Our Responsibility Climate Change, Air Pollution and Health
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Howard Frumkin - Planetary Health, PAS 2017

Sustaining Life: Human Health–Planetary Health Linkages
Indeed, planetary changes are threatening human health and well-being—even civilization as we know it—on a frightening scale. But the news is not all bad. Some planetary changes may offer benefits, such as higher agri-cultural yields, or more physical activity, in cold areas that are becoming warmer. More importantly, the steps we need to take to address planetary challenges such as climate change yield a range of co-benefits, such as stronger communities, cleaner air and more wholesome food. In the meantime, the threats I have described call on us to change our thinking, as scientists and as global citizens, in some fundamental ways—addressing what the Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on Planetary Health called imagination challenges (conceptual and empathy f
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Planetary Health: Protecting Nature to Protect Ourselves (536 pages, August 2020)

Human health depends on the health of the planet. Earths natural systems;the air, the water, the biodiversity, the climate are our life support systems. Yet climate change, biodiversity loss, scarcity of land and freshwater, pollution and other threats are degrading these systems. The emerging field of planetary health aims to understand how these changes threaten our health and how to protect ourselves and the rest of the biosphere.

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Church & Health

Prototype-Development Planetary Health of the Francis Assisi Academy 

Together with the international Academy of Science, Munich the Francis of Assisi Academy realized  a research project (1995-1999) concerning education, capacity building and epistemology of Terra Medicine at the Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, which is an early and similar approach to Planetary Health /Geohealth.3

Laudato Si and Health: Catholic Health Association of the United States



1. Lancet-Report: Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch: report of The Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on planetary health. Sarah Whitmee, Andy Haines, Chris Beyrer, Frederick Boltz, Anthony G Capon, Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Alex Ezeh, Howard Frumkin, Peng Gong, Peter Head, Richard Horton, Georgina M Mace, Robert Marten, Samuel S Myers, Sania Nishtar, Steven A Osofsky, Subhrendu K Pattanayak, Montira J Pongsiri, Cristina Romanelli, Agnes Soucat, Jeanette Vega, Derek Yach; DOI:; The Lancet, Vol. 386, No. 10007 (PDF)


2. Almada, A. A., C. D. Golden, S. A. Osofsky, and S. S. Myers (2017), A case for Planetary Health/GeoHealth, GeoHealth, 1, doi:10.1002/2017GH000084.


3. Stappen, R.K., Terramedizin und Master for Sustainable Development - Zwei Konzepte für innovative Modellstudiengänge, Stadt Güstrow: Konferenz Güstrow 2000 (ISBN 3-00-007218-7), 283-285


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