How an MIT Anthropologist views the link between Climate Change and Public Health

As the land and environment change, people’s bodies do too.

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5 min readJan 17, 2021

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The complex interdependencies of the vast number of ecosystems on this planet are something we often overlook. People, plants, and animals are intertwined with the non-living environment they inhabit. The human body also has a similar makeup of complex interdependencies to keep us healthy such as the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system, and the nervous system. If one of them is out of balance or has an issue, the whole body is compromised.

So if earth’s ecosystems are related in this way, why do we not think of planetary health and the changing material infrastructures that come along with it?

We may not give a second thought to this as we go on with our busy lives, but the health of the planet has a great effect on how we interact within the systems and infrastructures of the world around us. Climate change, environmental destruction, and changing viral ecologies put human health at risk, and this is how we need to start framing questions concerning climate change and public health.

Cultural anthropologist and assistant professor at MIT, Amy Moran-Thomas, has started to frame these problems in a different way. She recently…

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Kristin Snyder
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I help women go PLANT-BASED to change their health destiny.