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.

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?
Founder and Chief Executive, Planet Forward
In the midst of the pandemic, protests against racism and police brutality have swept across the country. Wendy Ellis, director of the Building Community Resilience Collaborative, shares the impact of certain policies in America.

Feeling stressed? A Japanese study that found just looking at plants reduced stress and fear. (Ffion Atkinson/Creative Commons)

The George Washington University
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the current pandemic. Here are some simple ways you can make an impact on the environment from the safety of your home. 
George Washington University
Research published by PLOS One on March 20 poses a challenge to Sustainable Development Goal 3 as findings suggest that higher temperatures decrease the quality of our mental health.
George Washington University
While a silver lining of the global pandemic, improved air quality, is making headlines across the media, the darker shadow behind this story is the impact past exposure to air pollution has on our bodies’ responses to the coronavirus.
Founder and Chief Executive, Planet Forward
On this week's Healthy You podcast, host Frank Sesno speaks with Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, director of the D.C. Department of Health. She shares why D.C.'s location makes reopening more complex than other jurisdictions.

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