Planetary health: protecting global health on a rapidly changing planet | Dr Sam Myers

The Academy of Medical Sciences & The Lancet International Health Lecture 2017 explores how environmental damage impacts not just upon the planet, but also has significant consequences for human health. 5 minute summary: Post-lecture discussion:

The 2017 International Health Lecture was given by Dr Sam Myers, Principal Research Scientist at Harvard University’s T.H Chan of School of Public Health and Director of the Planetary Health Alliance.

In this lecture, Dr Myers explores how human impacts on natural systems have implications across nearly every dimension of human health. He suggests ways to build the future generations of cross-disciplinary health scientists to address these urgent health threats and protecting the health of future generations.
“Planet Earth is both awe-inspiring and fragile. It nurtures us and all living things, but it also requires our care.”

To read the full opinion article published in The Lancet alongside this lecture, visit

To read an interview with Dr Myers explaining his experiences and background, visit

At this lecture, the welcome and concluding remarks were provided by Professor George Griffin FMedSci (Vice President International, The Academy of Medical Sciences). The introduction and discussion were chaired by Professor Richard Horton FMedSci, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet.

To read more about The Lancet, a family of independent, international medical journals address urgent topics in our society through making high-quality science widely available for the past 200 years, visit

To learn more about the Planetary Health Alliance, a consortium of over 70 dedicated universities, NGOs, government entities, research institutes, and other partners around the world committed to advancing planetary health, visit

This clip was filmed as part of the Academy of Medical Sciences & The Lancet International Health Lecture series. To view more lectures from this series, see our playlist:

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