Health in the Anthropocene: Living Well on a Finite Planet

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Katharine Zywert, Stephen Quilley
University of Toronto Press, 2020 - Environmental health - 464 pages

Adding to a growing body of knowledge about how the social-ecological dynamics of the Anthropocene affect human health, this collection presents strategies that both address core challenges, including climate change, stagnating economic growth, and rising socio-political instability, and offers novel frameworks for living well on a finite planet.

Rather than directing readers to more sustainable ways to structure health systems, Health in the Anthropocene navigates the transition toward social-ecological systems that can support long-term human and environmental health, which requires broad shifts in thought and action, not only in formal health-related fields, but in our economic models, agriculture and food systems, ontologies, and ethics.

Arguing that population health will largely be decided at the intersection of experimental social innovations and appropriate technologies, this volume calls readers to turn their attention toward social movements, practices, and ways of living that build resilience for an era of systemic change. Drawing on diverse disciplines and methodologies from fields including anthropology, ecological economics, sociology, and public health, Health in the Anthropocene maps out alternative pathways that have the potential to sustain human wellbeing and ecological integrity over the long term.


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Katharine Zywert is a PhD Candidate in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo.

Stephen Quilley is an associate professor of Social and Ecological Innovation in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo.

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