Planet’s Health is Our Health and the Reverse is True

planet health 2019

(Louis Reed, Unsplash)

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Mayumi Cavalcante Hashiguchi, a third year medical student of University Center São
Lucas – UniSL from a small city of Brazil named Porto Velho which is the capital of
Rondônia, a state in the north of the country, located in Western Amazonia. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s one.


Over the years, human beings have started to pollute the world by many different ways and as a consequence, the world became into a huge climate change that affects lots of daily aspects, most of them are related to health.

The last two decades have been the hottest of the last 1.000 years, which can be catastrophic by affecting ecosystems and lives. Factors as high temperature and humidity allow increase proliferation of infectious diseases, especially those which are transmitted through vectors, snails or others cold blooded animals. Crop declines could lead to undernutrition and hunger. Increase of CO2 in the atmosphere could make soy less nutritious, among other foods.

How different climatic conditions can affect us and how much grows we worry?

Climate change can affect our health indirectly by modifying social and environmental determinants of health as such as local temperature, population migration, floods, droughts and heat waves. These events can lead to a flashy number of consequences: physical, traumatic, psychological, infectious and nutritional; all of them affect quality of life and health condition.

It can also affect directly by polluting weather and food, unsafety drinking water, insecure shelter and others. Air pollutants like greenhouses gases can trigger pollen and aeroallergen, asthma and others respiratory diseases. In addition, extreme high air temperatures contribute directly to deaths from cardiovascular and respiratory disease.

But why is important to focus on health while climate change affects so many different topics of days of our lives?

As a rule, the health effects are overwhelmingly negative. To begin with, a definition of health is the complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not only the absence of diseases. It is also an important determinant of quality of life, work and others characteristics in our day-to-day. If something spoils those features, everything could be ruined and generate a snowball effect.

Not to mention that areas of developing countries without a good health infrastructure will be the fittest to cope without help to arrange and respond. For this reason, it is essential to discuss current weather conditions and its consequences with an emphasis on health.

At last, public health professionals have an obligation to give people assistance to stay healthy despite all of climate aftereffects. Hence, it is important to have climate change on the medical curricular grade because the scope of climate change effects on health is unprecedented. On top of that, all health professionals carry some responsibility for bring efforts to reduce climate change consequences on health and how to address these paradigms on health condition. Furthermore, it is underlying to implement preparation of students and health professionals and this inclusion into undergraduate medical education fosters necessary critical thinking.

In summary, it is vital to discuss health on scenario in which we live likewise discuss how it can be dandified and how to restore it since impaired health can disrupt life as a whole. Due to the health of the planet be our health and vice versa.

About the author

Mayumi Cavalcante Hashiguchi, a third year medical student of University Center São
Lucas – UniSL from a small city of Brazil named Porto Velho which is the capital of
Rondônia, a state in the north of the country, located in Western Amazonia. She is a
member of IFMSA-Brazil (International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations of
Brazil) since the first half of 2017. She studies at a private university with a scholarship.
When graduated, she dreams to be a neurosurgeon. Mayumi is a 20-year-old girl who
loves to travel and is a compulsive reader.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the European Sting Milestones

Featured Stings

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Strengthen inclusion, participation of people with autism to ‘achieve their full potential’ says UN chief

Microsoft says the internet is getting a little nicer

EU food watchdog: more transparency, better risk prevention

More state aid to big firms, no special provisions for the SMEs

UN experts report: Business ‘dragging its feet’ on human rights worldwide

Global ageing is a challenge – and an opportunity

EFSF/ESM boss tells half truths about Troika’s doings

Nearly two-thirds of children lack access to welfare safety net, risking ‘vicious cycle of poverty’

New rules for temporary border controls within the Schengen area

How ducks are helping Bangladeshi farmers cope with cyclones

We must build resilience to face the future – but will we be fast enough?

Anti-vaccers: does the empty can rattle the most?

Eurogroup asked to reduce public debts of its member states

MEPs want robust EU cyber defence and closer ties with NATO

Harnessing the power of nature in the fight against climate change

World ‘not yet on track’ to ensure children a better future: UN rights chief

The sun’s impact on Earth and weather celebrated, as planet marks World Meteorological Day

Indonesian tsunami death toll climbs over 400 as Government-led relief efforts are stepped up

Better Regulation principles: at the heart of the EU’s decision-making process

UN investigates systematic sexual violence across South Sudan

Climate change is speeding up. Our response needs to be even faster

Horse meat runs faster than authorities…

Nigeria: Top UN officials say more support needed to ease humanitarian crisis and rebuild lives in conflict-ravaged north-east

Radioactive nuclear waste is a global threat. These scientists may have a new solution

Blockchain can change the face of renewable energy in Africa. Here’s how

The financial future of Eurozone on the agenda of Friday’s ECOFIN council

Why the 33,000 staff European Commission did not have a real contingency plan for the refugee crisis?

EU Commission spends billions without achieving targets

Youth for Climate Change

COP21 Breaking News_05 December: Ban Ki-Moon Closing Address at COP21 Action Day Innovation, Imagination, Faster Climate Action

Eurozone: New data show recession and debt closer to explosion

First Western Sahara talks at UN in six years, begin in Geneva

A Europe that Protects: Commission calls for continued action to eradicate trafficking in human beings

Presidents of pan-European youth organisations call upon the European Council to preserve the Schengen principles

Out with the old: Young People transforming Humanitarian Action

Security Council hails ‘historic and significant’ joint peace declaration by Ethiopia and Eritrea

Environment Committee MEPs push for cleaner trucks and electric buses

7 key challenges for the future of ASEAN – and how to solve them

WHO and IFMSA as transcendent pillars for world improvement

“A divided Europe is not in China’s interests”, Ambassador Zhang of the Chinese Mission to EU welcomes Brussels

“Leaked” TTIP document breaks post 8th negotiations round silence and opens door to critics

Britain’s May won the first round on the Brexit agreement with the EU

Commission makes it easier for citizens to access health data securely across borders

Tsipras bewildered with Berlin’s humiliating demands; ECB expects political sign to refinance the Greek banks

More than 750 million people around the world would migrate if they could

Fighting cybercrime – what happens to the law when the law cannot be enforced?

The inhumane face of crisis mirrored in numbers

Long live Eurozone’s bank supervisor down with the EU budget supremo

‘Critical test’ for North Korea’s Government as civilian suffering remains rife, warns UN rights expert

Following the World Cup? Then you’re watching high-performing migrants at work

How telehealth can get healthcare to more people

The secret weapon in the fight for sustainability? The humble barcode

Cyclone Idai: emergency getting ‘bigger by the hour’, warns UN food agency

European Youth Forum and youngest MEPs call on President Juncker to keep his promise to Europe’s youth

Falsified medicines: new rules to enhance patients’ safety

UK’s Cameron takes the field to speed up TTIP talks. Will “rocket boosters” work?

Trailing the US-EU economic confrontation

Logo Mania: A call to action to our crisis of connection

Banks, insurance giants are free again to abuse the real economy

Who will win the AI race? If countries work together, then the answer could be all of us

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s