"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
Together with the International Academy of Science, Munich the Francis of Assisi Academy realized a research project 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(15)60901-1; 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