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Why Culture matters for planetary health

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Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Lancet Planetary Health
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StatePublished - 1 Nov 2018

Abstract

The future health of human civilisation depends on the careful
management of the planet's natural resources. This formidable challenge demands holistic, interdisciplinary problem-solving. Yet some research Cultures (distinguished with a capital 'C' from other forms of culture) have gained more influence than others in developing knowledge about, and solutions for, planetary health and its so-called 'human dimensions'. High-level funding and investment in projects to improve and increase physical capital, with end-goals such as 'green growth' and securing basic needs, have been prioritised, as have compatible social science
approaches such as environmental economics, behavioural psychology, management and business studies. This reflects the limited inclusion, so far, of certain social science and humanities disciplines in the wider planetary health research community. The absence of these voices reinforces particular understandings, norms and practices (e.g. of 'culture'), which may affect the successful implementation of planetary health policies.

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