Acting on power and health inequities: An essential approach to global environmental challenges

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Authors: Carlos A Faerron Guzmán and Olena Zotova
Page Range: 371-390
Published in: International Public Health Journal, 15#4 (2023)
ISSN: 1947-4989

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ABSTRACT

Human civilization has less than ten years remaining to limit environmental changes that risk undoing a century of hard-earned gains in global health and human wellbeing. Current actions are insufficient to address the health emergency caused by global environmental change. We provide a diagrammatic intersectional analysis of the interaction between power, health, and environmental change that explains the prevailing status quo in environmental action, despite the health losses experienced by “lower powe” groups. Using real-world examples, we demonstrate how the power-health-environment nexus underlies current delays in redressing health and environmental inequities and how we must act on this nexus to protect global and planetary health from anthropogenic disruptions in Earth’s natural systems.

Keywords: Planetary health, anthropocene, social justice, climate change, pollution, global health

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