Planetary Health in Engineering: building a community

Antonio Mauro Saraiva, Brenda Chaves Coelho Leite, Bruno de Carvalho Albertini, Carina Ulsen, Daniela Vianna, Denis Miranda, Fernando Xavier, Filipi Miranda Soares, Gabriel Ribeiro Borges, Giulia Machado, José Aquiles B Grimoni, Jun Okamoto Jr, Luciano Ermilivitch, Madeleine LBP Vega, Marcela von Borstel Okuyama, Marcelo Martins Seckler, Marcia Regina Mauro, Maria Cristina Santana Pereira, Marcos Antonio Simplicio Junior, Nilton Araujo do CarmoRafael de Carvalho Puglisi, Rodolfo Scarati, Tereza Cristina MB Carvalho, Alexandre CB Delbem, Uiara Bandineli Montedo, Wilian França Costa, Carla Paranaiba, Edson LD Coelho, Raquel Santiago, Tatiana Souza de Camargo

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Planetary Health (PH) is a transdisciplinary domain from the point of view of its foundations and its actions. A core principle is that everyone has a role, as the São Paulo Declaration on Planetary Health clearly states. Engineering as a professional field can considerably promote a better relationship between humankind and the planet. Engineering transforms the world based on scientific knowledge in order to improve our lives. However, in doing so, it can negatively impact the planet because of a lack of consideration of the multiple aspects involved in a project, for instance. There are many examples, good and bad, of how engineering and engineers have impacted our lives and our planet. That is why it is crucial to bring this community as an essential ally to achieve planetary health. That is the proposal of Planetary Health in Engineering, a group created within Planetary Health Brazil, to promote discussions, practice, and adoption of PH principles into engineering courses, research, and practice. We started with a core group of faculty and students, most of them from different areas of engineering from the Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo, and with seed funding from the Amigos da Poli Endowment Fund. Initially, we are developing outreach materials that explicit the connections between engineering and PH. Podcasts, texts, and seminars that showcase examples of professionals and projects are also important to corroborate such objectives. The exercise reveals that PH already underpins many engineering
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlanetary Health Annual Meeting
Subtitle of host publication Research, Project, & Lightning Talk Abstracts 2022
PublisherPlanetary Health Alliance
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes
Event5th Planetary Health Annual Meeting, PHAM 2022: Building the Field and Growing the Movement - Harvard University, Boston, United States
Duration: 31 Oct 20222 Nov 2022
Conference number: 5


Conference5th Planetary Health Annual Meeting, PHAM 2022
Abbreviated titlePHAM 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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