2022 World Health Day: economy, ecology and health | Melih Bas

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2022 World Health Day: economy, ecology and health |  Melih Bas

This year’s theme of the World Health Organization (WHO) for World Health Day (WHO), which is celebrated on April 7 every year, was “Our Planet is Our Health”. Last year, a theme titled “Building a Fairer and Healthier World for All” was determined. It is impossible to disagree with the criticisms that the WHO is acting in accordance with the interests of the imperialist countries. This is a fact in itself and the subject of a long study. Let’s take last year’s and this year’s theme together: Economic crisis, namely inequality and ecological crisis, global climate change etc. Isn’t it obvious that there cannot be healthy individuals and a healthy society without resolving these two?

WHO 2022 DSG MESSAGE

On this year’s theme, WHO says: “Amid the global pandemic, the polluted planet faces rising cancer, asthma, heart disease, and ‘take urgent action to keep people and the planet healthy and protect them’ and ‘create well-being-focused societies’ WHO will focus global efforts to advance purposeful action.”

PLANETARY POLLUTION AND ITS EFFECTS

In the context of this year’s theme, WHO draws attention to a wide range of planetary pollution and its effects. According to WHO, 99 percent of the world’s population breathes unhealthy air. It was stated that the main reason for this was fossil resources. In a warming world, it has been observed that flies spread disease faster and farther than in the past. Extreme weather events, loss of biodiversity, soil loss and water scarcity are displacing people and affecting their health. Pollution and plastics are found in the deepest oceans and even the highest mountains. This pollution finds a way into our food chain and bloodstream. Highly processed and unhealthy foods and soft drinks cause a third of greenhouse gases emitted globally, leading to waves of obesity, rising cancer and heart disease. Pay attention, both ecological and planetary pollution are together! This health and social crisis is undoubtedly preventing people from being in control of their health and lives.

WHO Director-General DR. TEDROS ADHANOM: CLIMATE CRISIS IS A HEALTH CRISIS!

According to Adhanom, who used the same phrase in the title, “We must find solutions that will discourage the world from dependence on fossil fuels. We must re-imagine societies and economies focused on well-being. We must protect what is the foundation of human health: the health of our planet.”

INEQUALITY AND ECOLOGICAL LIMITS

The COVID-19 global pandemic has highlighted the importance of inequality in the world and underlined the urgency of creating sustainable and well-being societies. While managing the systems, policies and environment necessary for all people to protect and improve their lives, it is well understood that ecological limits should not be violated.

WHO: SO WHAT TO DO?

According to WHO, the assurance of human health is to protect nature and use it without exceeding ecological limits. By the way, do we understand now why the People’s Republic of China called “Ecological New Civilization” as the strategic goal in its last long-term development plan? For this, WHO emphasizes that it is important to invest in water and clean energy and the rapid change of energy production-consumption patterns. Some other issues that WHO draws attention to are: “promoting and developing healthy and sustainable food systems”, “building healthy and livable cities” and “ending the funding of pollution through the taxes paid by taxpayers”.

With the “Geneva Well-Being Convention (2021), it was revealed that “there is a need for global collaborations to ensure equal health and social outcomes for present and future generations without destroying the health of our planet”.

LAST WORD

In this year’s campaign, WHO is calling on governments, organizations, companies and citizens to “participate in the work done to protect the planet and human health”.

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