Q&A: Why a Healthy Planet Means Healthy People

Nov 16, 2018 9:45 AM ET
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According to the World Health Organization, nearly 1 in 4 of total deaths worldwide are caused by environmental risk factors. Air, water, and soil pollution; improper waste management; and ecosystem degradation all negatively impact human health.

There is scope for awareness raising around these significant threats to human health and, more importantly, a need to step up hazard mitigation and reduction measures so that fewer lives are lost.

“You really can’t have healthy people without a healthy planet. We believe that human health and the environment are inextricably linked,” said Sonali Sharma, senior director, sustainability and engagement at Johnson & Johnson, a multinational health care company.

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