Nature is our Best Prescription for an Integrated Health Insurance Policy

Inger Andersen

Executive Director to the UN Environmental Program (UNEP)

Did you know that 9/10 people breath polluted air? Did you know the 90% of our food from the ocean is contaminated with micro-plastics? Did you know that we are today losing species at 1000 x greater the natural extinction rate? According to Inger Andersen, former Director of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and recently appointed Executive Director to the UNEP (UN Environmental Program); there is a direct correlation between our personal health and our planetary health… That means that sustainable living must translate into protecting not only our personal health, but the health of individual species, their communities, ecosystems, and the entire biosphere.

In our rich conversation, Inger and I explore what cities will look like in 2030 when they are green and biodiverse. We talk about what we to do in our personal lives to review our nature footprints. We talk about the need to have clear, measurable, science-based targets for evaluating our global nature footprint and framing a New Deal with Nature. Sustainability is the name of the game and none of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals can be delivered without investing in the integrity of nature and our earth systems. In Inger’s final words, there is no delaying this priority.

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