US Science Teacher Hosts Webinar On Planetary Health

Upper School biology teacher Emilie Johnsen recently co-hosted a webinar about the importance of planetary health and the role individuals can play to integrate planetary health into their lifestyles. The webinar, produced for both medical and non-medical professionals, offered a trauma-informed perspective on planetary health.

Johnsen emphasized that planetary health is rooted in interconnectivity between people, place, and planet. The earth, paraphrasing Wendell Berry, is what we all have in common, she said.

“Whether you are a teacher, nurse, or construction worker, what brings us all together is planetary health. That’s why I fell in love with this field. It allows people from all different fields to come together and understand that they each have a role to play,” said Johnsen. 

Johnsen said we all have skills that can be used for the greater good and humanity of the world and can all work to reduce our human footprint. She said a great place to start is kindness. “To your body, to other people, to your community, to your closest natural ecosystems, to our planet.”
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