MPHI View on Sustainable Society
The issue of a “Sustainable Society” is highlighted by development of climate change policies, urbanization and gaps in disparities as well as the fundamental issues of health security. Access to safe water, food, housing and education are essential, but coequally important are the development of preventive public health, promoting healthy communities and the strengthening of primary care. This trend for sustainable green communities to prevention of disease and promotion of healthy life styles are accelerated by globalization.
MPHI is developing the health component in sustainable societies. We have published an essay on Sustainability and Health in China (see essay on Sustainability and Health in China). The interest in China is mirrored in nations throughout the world. The one important role will be played by students and education systems, as we strive to educate and nurture both understanding as well as careers in achieving healthy sustainable communities.
All components of civil society and education have a role to increase awareness of sustainable societies and healthy communities. In this spirit, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan held a weeklong Conference on Sustainability. MPHI participated.
Be sure to look at the program on From Hokkaido University to the World- Entrance to International Career Paths. This is one session of the week-long seminars and workshops on sustainable development. We hope to bring you further reports, but also offer an invitation to join the MPHI effort to link with others in assuring that health is seen as a principle component of sustainable societies, and that we as health professionals or those with interest in healthy communities can aid in this important local-national and global effort.