Sustainability and Public Health
We all know that wild animal populations are only as healthy as their habitats; but what about humans? This course explores how the goals of the sustainability movement affect public health policy. It asks the question, ?To what extent is sustainability the most important public health issue of our time?? We will examine issues related to climate change, peak oil, environmental toxins, ecosystem destruction, water availability, and food production through the lens of public health policy. On a more positive note, we will learn about how applications of whole systems thinking are transforming our culture, creating a more sustainable, just and healthy society, and how these cultural trends will transform public health policy in the future.