One Health Education

The One Health Education Task Force invites you to participate in an online conference on Friday, November 18, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon (Eastern Time) to initiate plans for a One Health Education Proposal. In preparation for this online meeting we request your thoughtful contributions to an important One Health Education survey, to be completed at this link by Friday, November 4. Please be sure to click 'Done' at the end of the survey to submit your responses.


Based on their earlier concept paper, Preparing Society to Create the World We Need through One Health Education, the One Health Education Task Force requests your assistance in developing a grant proposal that will address perhaps the most important social problem of our time: how to change the way humans relate to the planet to produce a more sustainable future for all life.


According to some experts, we are facing an historic 'ingenuity gap,' whereby the problems we face - environmental, socioeconomic, and geopolitical - require solutions that far transcend 20th and early 21st century 'thinking and doing'. Unquestionably, the UN-2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are moving us in the right direction but may be weakened by fragmented development cooperation, increasing worldwide inequities, regional conflicts, climate change, and health insecurity, to name but a few of our challenges. Time is running short. As Professor Ian Goldin, director of Oxford University's Martin School dedicated to the study of future sustainability, and contributor to the World Economic Forum 2015 report, cautions: "We're at the crossroads for humanity. It could be our best century but it could be our worst because our capabilities of spreading risk are greater than ever before."


Central to this fundamental argument is the development of a better understanding of how we as humans and global 'custodians' relate to the planet and to each other. In particular, it is timely and critical to raise awareness about the social determinants of human-animal-environment interactions as well as the limitations presented by an unbridled human population expansion in the face of finite natural resources.


To this end, the One Health Education Task Force firmly believes that incorporating One Health (and well-being) unifying values and principles across a global lifelong learning (LLL) spectrum is pivotal to sustaining human and planetary health. Their project, therefore, proposes that communities and teachers have the resources to begin One Health Education in the very early years through secondary education with a view to expanding to post-secondary (undergraduate, graduate) and professional education and training in later initiatives.



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