Q&A: Why a Healthy Planet Means Healthy People
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.