After taking a month off from our regular newsletter to bring you our Year In Review, celebrating some of the PHA’s many achievements of 2021 in Field Building and Community Engagement and Mainstreaming, we are back to bring you the latest updates from across the Planetary Health community! We are excited to see this field and movement growing, and love to hear from you about events, opportunities, publications, art and prose. Send us an email if you would like to contribute: pha@harvard.edu.

This past month, the PHA team initiated planning for the 2022 Planetary Health Annual Meeting, which will take place at the end of October on Harvard University’s Campus. We are grateful for our Program Committee, with representatives coming from diverse regions and sectors, as well as many youth voices. In the coming weeks stay tuned in to our social media and emails for ways to participate in the conference!

The Planetary Health Colloquium Series continued in December and January with topics covering pollination and human health, as well as how planetary change is altering patterns of non-communicable diseases. Find the recordings of the sessions on the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health website, and on the PHA’s Youtube Channel. We are excited to continue the series through the coming months, and invite you all to join us February 2, 2022 at 1PM ET / 6PM GMT for the next installment “Planetary Mental Health: How Accelerating Environmental Change is Impacting the Mental Health of Different Populations.” Interested parties can register here. We are proud to co-sponsor this series, along with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health departments of Environmental Health, Global Health and Population, Immunology and Infectious Disease, and Nutrition, as well as the Harvard Global Health Institute, Harvard University Center for the Environment and the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils Network (EEAC Network).

We are so excited to welcome in our newest cohort of Planetary Health Campus Ambassadors! This year’s cohort was incredibly competitive with 54 ambassadors selected from over 100 applications. We thank everyone who took the time to apply and we look forward to supporting this vibrant group of next generation planetary health leaders! You can learn more about the 2022 cohort by following our PHCA spotlights on social media.

Lastly, we would like to extend a warm welcome to the PHA's newest intern, Rebecca! Rebecca is a master’s student joining us from King's College London, and will collaborate with PHA team members on research related projects. Welcome, Rebecca!

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