How often do we spend time seriously envisioning a positive future for humanity? Most of our collective visioning is filled with doom and gloom and warnings of impending collapse. These dystopian futures have their place as they can warn us of the consequences of continuing along a given path, but we can lose hope and direction if that is all we have.
Last month, Health In Harmony Founder, Dr. Kinari Webb, returned to her alma mater, the Yale School of Medicine, to give this year's Commencement Address. She was honored to have the opportunity to offer insight to the graduates, encouraging them to treat their patients with compassion, to strive for social justice, and to use their training to create a healthier planet.
"You may not have thought of your stethoscope as a tool to heal the Earth, the lungs of the Earth - otherwise known as rain forests. But it turns out that it can be. Your medical skills have all kinds of unexpected powers, and I want to argue that we actually all need to become planet doctors."
Watch the video below, Kinari takes the stage at 3:40:
Planetary health. “What is that?” - you might be asking.
Debates continue about the primary drivers of change in Earth systems, but few can argue that the disruption of our planet’s interacting physical, chemical, biological, and human processes are taking their toll, and that toll includes an urgent threat to global human health. Environmental issues can no longer be seen as ‘not my problem’ as evidence grows illustrating the connections between accelerated environmental change and the direct impacts adversely affecting human health. Regardless of how we have previously viewed news on the environmental front, and our role in it, the time has come for everyone to pay attention. Your health depends on it.
Today, our partner ASRI received Indonesia's prestigious Kalpataru Award, considered the top conservation award in the country. Read More
Last August, Cargo Inc, located just blocks from our office in SE Portland, invited us to participate in an art show in their beautiful brick warehouse. The shop is mesmerizing, expertly decorated with trinkets from all over the world - strings of fabric elephants, bowls of bright blue evil eye beads, flowing tunics, and an entire basement full of rustic furniture.
Wow! It’s been ten years since Health In Harmony started. I still find that very hard to believe. Ten years ago in February, Cam Webb (currently ASRI's Conservation Advisor) and I were in Aceh helping after the tsunami and we were horrified to see not only the trauma, but how few of the non-profits were listening to communities.
These past few weeks have been an exciting time in the Health In Harmony office – or rather, out of the office! We want to share some of the highlights of what we’ve been up to:
Guest blog by Clare Selgin Wolfowitz
The second annual meeting of the Congress of the Indonesian Diaspora (CID2, for short) attracted more than 5000 participants from around the world. The 3-day conference, held in Jakarta (August 18-20), is a project of the Indonesian government; it was opened officially by President Yudhoyono. The CID is designed both to support overseas Indonesians through networking, and to encourage them to apply their talents and resources toward Indonesian development.
Founder Kinari Webb prepares to visit the US this autumn to build awareness and garner program support.
For the past 4 years, Kinari Webb has spent the majority of her waking hours focused on the operations of HIH's ASRI program on the ground in Indonesia. This September, however, she will return to the States to tell us about the program's successes, trials, milestones and plans for the future. Join an event, or schedule Kinari as a keynote speaker at your event, to learn about the innovative approach HIH is taking in rural Borneo to reverse the depletion of natural resources through efforts that target the link between human and environmental health.