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Intertwined Strands for Ecology in Planetary Health

Centre for Ecosystem Management, School of Science, Edith Cowan University, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup, WA 6027, Australia
School of Health Sciences, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC V2N 4Z9, Canada
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Challenges 2019, 10(1), 20;
Received: 31 January 2019 / Revised: 6 March 2019 / Accepted: 8 March 2019 / Published: 14 March 2019
Ecology is both blessed and burdened by romanticism, with a legacy that is multi-edged for health. The prefix ‘eco-’ can carry a cultural and political (subversive) baggage, associated with motivating environmental activism. Ecology is also practiced as a technical ‘science’, with quantitative and deterministic leanings and a biophysical emphasis. A challenge for planetary health is to avoid lapsing into, or rejecting, either position. A related opportunity is to adopt ecological thought that offers a rich entrance to understanding living systems: a relationality of connectedness, interdependence, and reciprocity to understand health in a complex and uncertain world. Planetary health offers a global scale framing; we regard its potential as equivalent to the degree to which it can embrace, at its core, ecological thought, and develop its own political narrative. View Full-Text
Keywords: romanticism; ecosystems; rationality; relationality; living systems; interdependence romanticism; ecosystems; rationality; relationality; living systems; interdependence
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Horwitz, P.; Parkes, M.W. Intertwined Strands for Ecology in Planetary Health. Challenges 2019, 10, 20.

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