Public Health

Polluted air and rivers have acute local health effects and changing rainfall and temperature patterns cause global disruptions in supplies of food and clean water. Learn what is being done to mitigate the impact.

Founder and Chief Executive, Planet Forward
The pandemic has forced us to reconsider our relationship with the planet we call home. We sat down with global explorer and sustainability travel pioneer Sven Lindblad to discuss what it’s going to take to get back out in the world.
Founder and Chief Executive, Planet Forward
During this live episode of “Healthy You: Surviving a Pandemic,” Dr. Anthony Fauci shares his thoughts on opening schools safely, vaccine availability and effectiveness, and how he maintains his ethics and values during this trying time.
Founder and Chief Executive, Planet Forward
Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, talks about how hospitals around the U.S. have been impacted financially by the pandemic and why it's important to "follow the science."
McDonald's essential worker

Restaurant employees — often low-wage earners with no employer-provided health insurance — were deemed "essential workers" during the pandemic. (Paul Sableman/Creative Commons)

The George Washington University
Throughout this pandemic we’ve seen a vast amount of people be affected in different ways. But COVID-19 has especially exposed the discrepancies facing people from marginalized groups.
Ellen Lawton
Founder and Chief Executive, Planet Forward
COVID-19 is creating a financial crisis for families — including the inability to pay basic bills like mortgage or rent, car payments, and utility bills — which only adds to the global health emergency.
Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Diaz
Founder and Chief Executive, Planet Forward
COVID-19 is impacting both Black and Brown communities disproportionately. This pandemic has brought attention to health disparities, specifically in the Latino population.

A baby zucchini grows beneath a yellow blossom. (Maja Dumat/Creative Commons)

The George Washington University
The pandemic may have forced you into a new relationship with food. But the food that ends up on your plate has always traveled a complicated, exploitative, and convoluted path to get there.
Helen Riess, M.D.
Founder and Chief Executive, Planet Forward
Amid the COVID-19 global pandemic and social unrest, we are seeing people around the world be more sensitive and understanding to one another.

Earthlife Africa Johannesburg director Makoma Lekalakala speaks at the Madrid U.N. Climate Change Conference in December 2019. (Photo courtesy of Earthlife Africa Johannesburg)

The George Washington University
In South Africa, a country with the world's largest wealth disparity, poor communities face daily environmental threats. Find out how environmental justice activists are chipping away at this inequality through grassroots efforts.

Thru-hiking the almost 2,200 mile-long Appalachian Trail is the challenge of a lifetime, but rewards are plentiful along the way. Outstanding views such as this one on Mount Washington, New Hampshire, await hikers ambitious enough to take the trek. (Photo courtesy of Audrey Aug)

Northwestern University
The 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail draws thousands every year to attempt a thru-hike. How are would-be hikers reacting to COVID-19 interfering with plans they've been working on for months — or years?

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