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Intertwined Strands for Ecology in Planetary Health

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Centre for Ecosystem Management, School of Science, Edith Cowan University, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup, WA 6027, Australia
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School of Health Sciences, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC V2N 4Z9, Canada
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Challenges 2019, 10(1), 20; https://doi.org/10.3390/challe10010020
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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