Wellbeing Series for Planetary Health: Part One

Wellbeing Series for Planetary Health 2020

Wellbeing Series for Planetary Health • Part One

This event was held Sept. 17 – 6:30 – 8:30 pm Central

"Vital Questions for a Living Planet" presented by Dr. Katharine Wilkinson

Existential questions live at the heart of the climate crisis—questions that call us to make sense of this moment, imagine what's possible, and participate in this era of great transformation. In this wide-ranging, interdisciplinary keynote, Dr. Katharine Wilkinson invited us to grapple with what it means to be human on a changing planet and offers her insights about rapidly, radically reshaping society. Our call, as members in the community of life, is to live into the answers together. Learn more about Dr. Wilkinson.

"Music as Medicine Through the Madness" presented by Craig Minowa

The multiple crises of the year 2020 weigh heavily on the hearts of humanity and have left us feeling a desperate need to mend our cultural, biological, spiritual and planetary wounds. But increased polarity has stifled that healing by making it harder and harder to communicate with each other and our inner selves. New evidence suggests that millions of years ago, humans started singing, as a form of communication, well before we developed language. Our ancestors gathered around the fire and used song for communicating with each other, the animals, and the gods, and deemed music as one of the highest forms of medicine and ceremony. Cloud Cult's Craig Minowa performed an intimate set of songs by the campfire and postulated how we used music as medicine "back then," and why it is an essential power source we need to carry us forward toward healthier communities and a healthier planet. Learn more about Craig Minowa and Cloud Cult.

Taking actions toward a healthier planet and community are acts of social justice. Join the Bakken Center in this grand challenge today.

We poorly understand the ways in which multiple complex, coincident, and interacting environmental changes will alter habitability and drive population displacement, but these changes are likely to be associated with large burdens of disease and disability. Little is currently understood about how the combination of climatic disruption, natural hazards (e.g., droughts, heat waves, floods, fires, tropical storms), water scarcity, land degradation, and resulting crop and livestock failures may interact to make parts of the world that currently support large numbers of people uninhabitable. How many people are likely to be displaced? What populations are most vulnerable? And when people are displaced (many of them with very few resources) into areas where they may not be welcome, will civil strife ensue? We know that such displacement is associated with sharp increases in infectious disease outbreaks, malnutrition, and physical and mental trauma. What are the best approaches to managing increasing requirements for population movement with the least conflict and health burden? These types of questions require urgent focus.

-Planetary Health Alliance