Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch: report of The Rockefeller Foundation
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2015
Pages: 1973 - 2028
Source ID: shanti-sources-80811
Collection: Anthropocene and the Environmental Future
Abstract: Far-reaching changes to the structure and function of the Earth's natural systemsrepresent a growing threat to human health. And yet, global health has mainly improved as these changes have gathered pace. What is the explanation? As a Commission, we are deeply concerned that the explanation is straightforward and sobering: we have been mortgaging the health of future generations to realise economic and development gains in the present. By unsustainably exploiting nature's resources, human civilisation has flourished but now risks substantial health effects from the degradation of nature's life support systems in the future.