Health of People, Health of Planet, and Our Responsibility - Book Launch


The Pontifical Academy of Sciences is hosting a short 2-hour virtual event on June 18th to mark Springer’s open access publication of Health of People, Health of Planet, Our Responsibility, which you can download here:

This book, resulting from our 2017 workshop and published on the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’, is a fitting tribute to the main message of the Encyclical, that climate change, if left unchecked, can become a human tragedy of immeasurable proportions, particularly to the poorest three billion people in the world.

The book authors were drawn from around the world and include health experts from WHO, climate and air pollution scientists, policy makers, faith leaders, and politicians. Several PAS members, including the present and past presidents of PAS, are co-authors of this unique book that places health effects as the central focal point of climate change. As we are now learning from the global response to COVID-19, a refocus of climate change in terms of human health impacts may bring in the sort of massive public support for climate actions. 

Please register by emailing us at The video of the launch will also be available on our YouTube channel

Date & Time: June 18: 15 hrs (CET) to 17 hrs (CET); 6 am (PST) to 8 am (PST).


Chair: Joachim von Braun (President, PAS): Opening remarks: 15.00 to 15.05

Opening Keynote: His Eminence Card. Peter K.A. Turkson: 15.05 to 15.20

Main findings and messages: 15.20 to 15.50

Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of PAS & Editor
V. Ram Ramanathan, UCSD & PAS, Editor
Wael Al-Delaimy, UCSD, Editor

COVID-19 to Climate Crisis: Shared experiences & Next Steps: 15.50 to 16.30

Maria Neira, Director of Public Health and Environment, WHO
Jeremy Farrar, Director, Wellcome Trust, UK
Erminia Guarneri, MD, President, Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine
Conrado Estol, MD, neurologist and Chief Scientific Officer – Founder, STAT Research, Buenos Aires

Q&A Session: 16.30 to 17.00

Closing Remarks: Joachim von Braun


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Download our open access book published by Springer Nature here

Health of People and Planet: Our Responsibility

Workshop 2-4 November 2017 - Over the last three years, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS)... Read more

Invitation (PDF)

Complete video