On the 22nd of July 2020 the 67th Cairo Climate Talk invited panelists to discuss the novel approach of Planetary Health and its relation to the Covid-19 crisis. In the talk titled “Covid-19, Health and the Climate: Are we asking the right questions?” health and environmental experts from Egypt and Germany explained how the wellbeing of the planet is closely connected to the health of humans. It was the first CCT that was delivered virtually via Zoom due to the ongoing safety recommendations. Simultaneous translation into Arabic was offered.
In her opening statement, Panelist Dr. Nicole de Paula, Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany, highlighted the importance of a wholistic approach to solve current crises rather than viewing the climate crisis and the health crisis as two separate and unique incidents; planetary health encompasses that approach.
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